“The people here are the best, they’re always good, always happy, even if you do have a bad day”

I’m currently living in a tent in Shrewsbury with no overnight accommodation. I freeze and get wet in the winter and come here every day to have a hot meal, warm up and try and get dry. I don’t have any family. I was 13 when my mum died. Everything started to go bad then and my Nan took me in, but she died two years ago and I had to deal with the death and the funeral and everything. I’m also ADHD and have problems expressing myself, I struggle to cope, but the people at the Ark understand me and support me where others don’t.   

The people here are the best, they’re always good, always happy, even if you do have a bad day, and they still get on with you and help you out as much as they can.  They give me with food and clothes and they point me in the right direction for the future, with job applications and stuff. But I’ve got to want it for myself and if I can do that, they’ll help and support me.

I have an appointment here today, but usually I come in just to socialise and see everyone. I hope to get a place to live and a full time job, so I can look after my little boy.