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John' Story

John is the eldest of three children. He had a troubled and unstable childhood, with his schizophrenic father leaving the family when John was just four years old. John's mother would often take her frustrations out on her children and with John being the only boy, he often bore the brunt of her attacks. John's earliest memory is being kicked hard in the stomach by his mother. He was just five at the time.

Sleeping rough

By the age of 15, John was regularly sleeping on benches or in a derelict flat. He was surrounded by danger, but it was still better than suffering violence at home. After four years of living rough, John's physical and mental health was in a terrible state. He turned to drink, self-harming and even became suicidal.

Feeling human again

Eventually, John was admitted to hospital and brought to our attention. He had his first shower for a very long time, finally feeling clean and relaxed. Being at Centrepoint meant that he finally had a warm, safe room, which John took great delight in keeping clean. He describes it as "perfect".

More than just a room

Since being at Centrepoint, John has found having access to counsellors really useful to help him overcome his personal and mental issues. He has taken advantage of life skills classes, which has helped him learn about budgeting, paying bills and cooking. John's biggest love has been reading, with his desk always filled with books on economics, marketing, physics, philosophy and theology.

Looking forward to the future

John's dream job is an International Communication and Security Analyst, so he is studying hard to gain A levels in Economics, Philosophy and Politics. He is so grateful that his talent is being nurtured and is absolutely determined to make the most of the opportunity.

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