“Without the Camrose centre I would still be out on the street. I had no clue where to get help prior to coming here. The Camrose Centre has changed my life for the better when I was at my lowest ebb”
Jack became homeless after losing his previous accommodation due to a prison sentence. Once out of prison, he spent many months sleeping rough. He came to Camrose who supported him while he used the bidding system to try and secure new accommodation. He also used First Point’s drop in service at Camrose during this time for further help and advice.
When offered a flat, Jack found himself without the means to furnish it so Camrose contacted a local charity who, through various donations, helps people like him to set up a new home. Through this charity and the support of Camrose, Jack now has furnishings and is able to keep moving forward.
Charlie started to come to Camrose looking quite dishevelled and often smelling unwashed. Camrose contacted the staff at his home and spoke to them about what support he was getting. Through this conversation, it became apparent that Charlie needed more care and support than his current home could offer him.
Camrose then contacted Adult Services, to express our concerns. Adult Services agreed that Charlie should be assessed. Camrose arranged for this assessment to take place at our premises in order to make him feel less anxious and to make sure he understood all that was said.
After the assessment, Charlie was allocated a Social Worker who now works closely with him to help him achieve a higher standard of living and to help him cope with living alone. Charlie is now using the bidding system, with support, to help him move into more suitable accommodation.
James had once held a responsible job as an electrician in a large government establishment. However, after a redundancy with no prospect of imminent employment he started to drink heavily. With no family to support him, James’s sense of self-worth disappeared and his dependency on alcohol grew. He became deeply depressed.
James became a regular client at Camrose where he was appreciated and encouraged. After many false starts, he finally managed to dry out for an extended period. After a few months, his appearance improved and his confidence returned. He started to apply for jobs and eventually secured a full-time position. James has not touched alcohol now for two years and has successfully held down his job for eight months. He no longer needs any support from Camrose.
Charlie suffered from depression triggered by an under active thyroid. He lost his house, his business, his wife left him and he became homeless, sleeping in a vacant garage. Camrose provided bedding, clothes and food parcels and helped Charlie register as homeless with the local council, completing housing applications and bidding for properties. We also helped him to apply for disability benefits.
Charlie became increasingly unwell, suffering from severe memory loss and missing key appointments. After Camrose involved his GP, he was referred to the Bridge Centre who allocated a mental health Support Worker. She and Camrose staff worked together to ensure Charlie received the right medication and attended appointments. They supported him as he was housed in temporary furnished accommodation before moving to a permanent but unfurnished flat. Camrose again linked up other charities to settle him in. Charlie’s health has improved immensely; his children are now able to visit him, he is far more content and Camrose is still there for him.