Paul’s story

Paul* was homeless and desperate until YMCA Port Talbot gave him a place to live and hope for the future.

*Name and photo have been changed to protect the identity of the young person

“I was born in Bridgend and lived there happily for many years, but then I got evicted by my landlord and I was homeless.  I slept on the streets, picking things out of bins and begging for money.  I was constantly in fear of being hurt or having my possessions stolen and unfortunately I developed a drinking habit because of it. It was the only way I could sleep.

But then two very nice PCSOs came and helped me.  They found me a place at YMCA Port Talbot.  When I arrived at the YMCA the staff immediately greeted me in a kind manner and after signing a tenancy agreement they showed me to my room.  After I was settled in they showed me a variety of activities and outings that they offer. They also helped me with my alcohol problem.  I had no end of support available.

I now have a job and I’m trying to become financially stable.  Thanks to YMCA Port Talbot I’m feeling like I’m getting back on my feet and the future is not so black.”


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