Curo works with South Gloucestershire Council to deliver Housing First across the local authority area, helping people find a home for good after long periods of homelessness. This is an innovative approach to addressing homelessness, by providing intensive support for people who need that bit more specialist help that is tailored to their needs.
Through Housing First, Curo have been able to support Dug to find a new home, where he can feel safe. However much more than that he has used this as a base where he can explore his passion for music.
"I came out of prison in June last year and I was put in temporary accommodation which wasn’t suitable because I’m in a wheelchair.
"Cathy [Dug’s support worker] got in touch with me and we found the place that I’m in now. It’s really worked out well.
"The support from Cathy has meant I can get my head sorted out, get myself focussed and it keeps me grounded. It gives me mental security, it’s a more stable environment."
By focusing on his strengths and passions he has a positive focus in life with something to look forward to with plans now to start a degree course in music production. This will help with his confidence building which in turn will help him develop the day to day skills that are needed to live independently, improve emotional wellbeing and resilience.
"Coming from being homeless at one point to where I am now, it’s fantastic.”
Curo also provides Housing First in Bath & North East Somerset - find out more here.