One year on and I’m spending Christmas with my family. Crisis are doing the great things they do every year.
Brian not in photo
I had my Christmas lunch with Brian.
Brian is homeless. He is 69. He will not use hostels or night-shelters as this would mean mixing with people who drink. He does not drink as his family was a victim of an abusive, alcoholic father.
He eats carefully, he cannot digest rich food as his body gets so little of it. He eats plums which he meticulously de-stones. He does not complain, except about the Salvation Army who he says do too little to prevent drunkenness in their hostels.
Brian tells me that because he refuses hostels, he finds the normal channels to having a home – are unavailable.
Because he will not go through the hostel system, he is outside the reach of social services. Hi main link to big society is the £148.13 he receives each week as his old age pension, for Brian has a pretty well full…
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