“I’ve been in the hostel for five months. I left home about three years ago after falling out with my Mum. I was living here, there and everywhere. I wasn’t sleeping on the streets every night but I know what it feels like – at the time all you worry about is the next thing, feeding your belly and where you are going to sleep the following night.
I was in trouble and fell into crime but I know that there is much more to life than that. I know it has an effect on you if you do something bad, this is something I’ve come to realise and know I don’t want to continue being like that.
Then one day I decided I wanted to change and my mum helped me. Although I wasn’t living with her she took me to a drugs and alcohol project in Westminster and I started trying to get off cannabis. I would go there two or three times a week to go through techniques to stop me going back on drugs.
I knew about the Cardinal Hume Centre from friends and knew it was a good place. Some of them had been here and blown their chances but I always said if I got in I wouldn’t do that. When I did get in, it was a dream come true and has boosted me such a lot.
There is all the help you need here. They have got drugs awareness advice and I have been able to use the computers and my coach helps with money management and getting me on courses and I have even done some cookery classes. When I got an interview for a job I got help with interview skills and when I went it was the best interview I had ever done and stress free because of the coaching I’d had.
I left school when I was 16 and I have had a lot of doubts and uncertainty about myself but staff here talk to me and give me the reassurance I need. Just being here has made me realise a lot about myself and that change is good.
Whatever you want to do here there is someone who will help you – it’s just up to you to decide. Anything you ask for they seem to be able to arrange. And you come to realise help is good, everyone needs help at sometime and it’s good that I know that before it’s too late.
I enjoy living at the Centre away from my previous area. I come from a good background but from a hood area which is why I want to break away. I know and I don’t know what I’m going to do when I leave here yet, but being here my future seems a lot brighter. I am just thinking about getting into a routine and working and getting financially independent. No pain, no gain.”
Jordan is just one of many people work who come to the Centre every day, desperate for help. We know that with support from the Centre, people can change their life for the better.
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