"I first heard about Spires over a year ago when I was living in a hostel. Looking at my situation then it’s hard to believe how I could have spent years going backwards. They helped me sort myself out bit by bit. Getting my own flat was the real breakthrough, the highlight of the year. There’s a long way to go but I’m moving forward now." Jack
“Even if I’d been up all night at least I could come to Spires in the morning and have a shower and somewhere to get changed. I’d already been to a few different centres at different times but I didn’t really like them, when I came to Spires though I stuck with them. When you’re happy and welcome you don’t want to go anywhere else. My keyworker, Pamela, and all the staff here have really helped me a lot over the years, with a lot of stuff, practical and emotional. They got me into a hostel and then they helped me get my flat, which I moved into in 2004.”
“Spires really do help a lot. You can talk to people about your accommodation, how you’re getting on, how long you’ve been sleeping rough or where you’ve been sleeping and they will come and find you and assist you getting into accommodation and off the streets. They’re really doing a good job.”
Jill has been accessing Spires Streetlink for just over two years. From her first point of contact via Spires outreach services, Jill asked for help and expressed a strong desire for life to change for her.
Finding a home and rebuilding family relationships
Jill set a long-term plan with very specific goals; the first was to gain a stable home of her own, and the second was to enter into treatment and rebuild her family relationships.
Support beyond official agencies
It’s the time between official referrals and the time it takes to achieve those major life goals where the consistent support, motivation and hand-holding she finds at Spires play a vital part in containing Jill's disappointments and frustrations.
Jill has already achieved some of her goals, and despite life still being pretty chaotic, the progression forward is very clear to see. It is an absolute privilege for us to be part of her journey forward.