“All the government thinks is - they’re on the streets, they’re a lost cause - not here they’re brilliant!”

I’ve been coming to the Ark for about 3 years. I came here because I found myself on the streets in October 2012. It was freezing cold and I caught pneumonia, I heard about the Ark and came for help and collapsed. They called the ambulance who took me to hospital where they gave me 12 hours to live. I pulled through, but got told I had lung cancer, if it wasn’t for these guys I’d be dead.

People in this town don’t realise what they do, they really look after people and they really care, they’ve helped me out a lot.  They help me with paperwork for forms and moving on. They found me a hostel, but I got kicked out because I tried to kill myself because of depression and I couldn’t handle what I was going through with the cancer. Now I’m in a house share which is a lot better.  I’m here today to have a cup of tea and to talk to people. I’ve donated £25 myself to the Ark because without them there’s a lot of people who’d be dead including me!

All the government thinks is - they’re on the streets, they’re a lost cause - not here they’re brilliant!

(Martin preferred not to be photographed.)