In their own words

“When I became street homeless I was clueless as to how to exist and I knew nothing of the services that were on offer to help and support me. Eventually with the help of a worker from St. Mungo’s I was directed to Great Chapel Street Medical Centre where my Doctor identified an increasing need to address a number of long standing and underlying health conditions.

Shortly afterwards I was offered admission to Wytham Hall and I was so glad to come here as my health was in a very poor state. The house I was admitted to gave me the opportunity to address these needs and to relax for the first time in a long time. It gave me somewhere warm, safe and dry and again I would say that it gave me somewhere to relax. It was, and is, a lifesaver. Without it I could see my life going downhill fast. I was depressed. I was tired and completely drained. The timing was perfect.

The house has given me a stable base from which to address my physical health issues and in which to convalesce.

Since I came to Wytham Hall I have come to appreciate the fact that the staff are not on site. That here there is a large degree of independence involved as the residents need to learn to co-exist and to have a little give and take.

By and large the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed and social for those that want it. There is a sense of community within the house, but this is not forced upon me. I can dip in and out as suits me.

I remember one day when I was returning to the house. It was a nice day. The world looked better and as I returned home it occurred to me that I had a feeling of contentment that I had not had for quite some time. It was a nice feeling.

Recently when I have discussed moving on from Wytham Hall with my key worker I have realised that I will miss something of this community feeling and my easy access to a support mechanism.

I have realised that I benefit from supporting others as much as I benefit from being supported."

North – veering – North-West of London terminus Paddington They can terminate your nigh-terminal street vagrancy, applying survivalist padding on… Suffices for you to have hobbled limp-limbed into a penuried punter’s clinic in Soho. Should you be appraised as one societally suitable for a re-introduction and able to grow. An indoorsiness for a token levy is provided under a canopy of a caring glow. Accommodation in a communicative community is put your way. Whilst sovereign self-sufficiency is enshrined as the practical set-up’s mainstay. Thus the cellar-dwellers on Ave Sutherland do luxuriate in a life-style loose leashed and a W9 – location – meritingly – middling grand. Where in life you might have previously plainly folded Now in a fold of supportive sharedness none can help but BE emboldened! Into semi-dazzling prospects you are peering Along with peers-in-fate a more sure footed future’s course can be steering It scarce took a magician merely a Christ-hearted Great Chapel Street Physician to banish the old foe, nightly cold & cast a mould of a ‘be-knighted’ re-socialised life so beckoningly bold!