A warm welcome to Safe and Sound
In this edition, you will read stories about how Depaul UK is transforming the futures of young people experiencing homelessness.
Young people like Callum, whose story you can read on pages 8-9.
Callum had a tough childhood in care from the age of six. He told us: “I was moved about here, there, and everywhere. It was very disruptive as a young child.” Callum had little stability and little chance to learn. The damage such a childhood can cause is profound.
Then, as soon as he turned 18, he had to leave care. He describes the experience as: “Being dumped like a sack of potatoes.” At the very start of his young adult life, Callum found himself lacking the skills to make a success of living independently. Living alone in a flat, he found a job as a labourer, but his wages did not cover the rent and the bills, and he soon started spiralling downwards into rent arrears, homelessness, and a mental health crisis.
Thankfully our emergency accommodation service Nightstop helped change the course of Callum’s future. When he came to us in 2019, we found him a place with a volunteer Nightstop host. Callum stayed with his Nightstop host in her own home. He had never experienced that sort of kindness before. It was life-changing.
We hope you enjoy reading the latest edition of Safe & Sound.