Case study: My Time at Gowrie Care

Hello my name is William Young and I am staying at South Fort Street in Edinburgh. I want to let you know a bit about me, I am 42 years old and I have been homeless from 18 years old. I have had my own places and been married for 10 years but all that ended and I became homeless. I have been in a lot of homeless places but I was not happy in any of them.

The first time I came for an interview to get into South Fort Street was in 2010, I thought it would just be like the rest of the places I have been in, but I was so wrong. When I walked in the front door my heart stopped; it was the nicest place I had been in. I met the staff for the first time, wow, they talked to me like a person. I have never felt like that in my life, and my heart was happy, it has never felt like that, so I knew I was going to be very happy in South Fort Street.

I was only in South Fort Street for about 1 month in 2010. Then my life went from happy to sad, on the 5th February my brother died, and I started to drink. At this time I was staying at my sisters, but then she wanted me out and I knew I had to find somewhere to stay.

I went to my housing officer and he said that he would get me back into South Fort Street, and I said I will not get back into South Fort Street, but I was wrong. I got back in and the staff made me very happy when I came for my interview in 2011. In the next 2 days I got back into South Fort Street. Gowrie Care and South Fort Street are the best Supported Accommodation ever in Scotland. We all feel like a family here, and I have never had that feeling in my life so a very big THANK YOU to South Fort Street and Gowrie Care for being my new family.

This is only the place ever, where I have been treated like a person and not like all the other places I have been in. All they wanted was just the money, not to help me. South Fort Street has helped me a lot so a big thank you to South Fort Street and Gowrie Care for what you have done for me in my life.

Written by William Young (service user)

Tags: Gowrie Care

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