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Richard gained a sense of purpose

Skinnergate Lifehouse offers more than a hostel or shelter for the night. The centre has 26 single bedrooms and four training flats to help people get back into independent living. The centre also manages seven shared flats and a bedsit nearby.

I had lost a grip on my life

One service user, Richard, moved into Skinnergate when he was at an extremely low point in his life.

“I was burned-out, depressed and using alcohol in a dangerous and destructive way.

“I had lost a grip on my life. There was no structure, purpose or sense of direction, and I didn’t know what to do with myself.

“Skinnergate provided me with breathing space and a safe and stable environment with plenty of help available.

“I was given the chance to be part of the Volunteer Community Workforce, which gave me a sense of purpose. I enjoyed being part of the team doing gardening, painting and other jobs around the local community.

“Another resident introduced me to a community garden project run by a local charity- I started to volunteer there on Saturdays, and am now officially employed there as a part-time involvement worker. I have also started to study online and am working toward a professional qualification to take my life in the direction I want.

“I will always be grateful to Skinnergate Lifehouse and its staff for helping me to work out a way forward.”

Chaplains

Supporting staff and residents