Sandyhills tenant gets help to get life back on track

Sandyhills tenant Mark Berry went from being homeless to having his own flat and a 12-month training placement. The training placement is another GHA is listening to the needs of tenants. Read Mark's story below.

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I was homeless for a while and stayed in various places. Things began to change when I got my GHA flat in Sandyhills.

My housing officer Brian Scott told me about the Changing Lives programme. Brian helped me fill in the application form too.

I got a 12-month placement working with GHA’s environmental team. I absolutely love my job, cutting grass every day, lifting bulk and cleaning back courts.

Every time I finish something I look at the work I’ve done and get a sense of pride. It’s important to have that pride – if you didn’t, you wouldn’t be doing your job to the best of your ability.

Changing Lives helped me get into a working routine. I get up every morning and I can’t wait to go to work.

I come back home every night with a sense of satisfaction at a job well done.

I used to party every weekend but I’m a different person now. I used to struggle to get up in the morning. Now when I hear the alarm go off I’m straight out of bed. I really love waking up knowing I’m going to do a good job, wherever I’m working.

I’m settled at Sandyhills. I have good neighbours and everyone is friendly.

Now I have a wage I can pay my rent and my council tax.

Friday, August 10, 2018