Wisdom from Behind Closed Doors

Capturing the voices of people living in supported accommodation, sleeping rough and sofa-surfingRead more

1 of 10 The right to move on

If I get a job my benefits will mess up. I won’t be able to afford my rent, then what? I'm back on the streets.Read more

2 of 10 Understanding a situation

They kept asking me if I had any health issues. I kept saying no. Then it dawned on me, I went into A&E and said I was suicidal. They admitted me and I escaped the rain.Read more

3 of 10 Stability over instability

I have moved 6 times since losing my home. I have had to prove that I can look after myself, and now I’m probably moving again. It makes me feel worthless.Read more

4 of 10 Somewhere to call home

I don’t want to be ungrateful but it’s like, when you trash your flat they fix it, make it nicer than before. But if you keep your head down and look after it, then you get nothing.Read more

5 of 10 A human welcome

I could have done with a plant in my room, just to make it personal, rather than processing me like a number.Read more

6 of 10 Positive connections

I have no friends, my family aren't allowed to see me, I don't have a job, I don't have money. I'm staying in my room looking at four walls. This isn't living.Read more

7 of 10 Treating people as people

I’m scared that once I go into the system, I won’t come out. Instead I sleep on the night bus until I go to college in the morning. I look forward to college. It makes me feel normal.Read more

8 of 10 The right advice

Things got out of control. I lost the kids and I couldn’t pay my rent. I asked for help and they didn’t listen. What am I meant to do?Read more

9 of 10 Removing the labels

I’m so scared of people finding out where I live, I walk home on my own after my evening class, just to avoid having to tell people and being judged.Read more

10 of 10 Having control

Imagine suffering years of abuse and then being forced to live with men you don’t know. What would you do?Read more