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Turning a life around

A man “in a deep black hole” through heroin addiction and homelessness has thanked staff at Longhurst Group’s homeless shelter, Fair View Court, in Peterborough for helping him to turn his life around. 

Robert* found himself on the streets after his drug habit took over, causing his marriage to collapse and ruining him financially. But, after he moved into Fair View Court, he worked with staff to kick his habit and find a new home. 

“I was going through a really rough patch and my whole life collapsed. I had no friends, no money and no infrastructure around me,” Robert said. “Even though I was willing to change, I felt like I had no help to reach out to. That’s when I joined Aspire, an agency that helps addicts. 

“My keyworker helped me get into a hostel, but I was only there a month before I moved to Fair View Court, which gave me the chance to rebuild my life. The staff had a massive influence, I am so grateful to them. They are like family.” 

Robert is now living in his own flat and is on a drug reduction plan that will see him eventually totally withdraw from medication use. He then wants to get back into work. 

“Since moving into my flat I’m seeing life differently. There’s a lot I want to do. I’ve come a long way from being on drugs and on the street so I don’t want to ruin my progress. 

“I wouldn’t be here without the team at Fair View Court. To anyone going through similar things to me, I would simply say work with them. They are there to help and it can be done.” 

Michelle Martell, Longhurst Group Service Manager at Fair View Court, said she was proud of how far Robert had come. 

“He was a model resident, engaging with services and all the support on offer. He is a credit to himself for all the hard work he put in to stay clean and rebuild his family support network. We’re all very pleased for him and wish him all the very best in the future.”

*Name changed