“I am a recovering addict from Bristol and have worked on the streets for over ten years. I would like to express my immense gratitude to One25 and the Dean Crescent crash pad staff for their outstanding and amazing support. I will explain how One25’s support and Dean Crescent very probably saved my life and enabled me to come into recovery and start making changes…
I was made homeless due to my addiction and had a five week wait until my treatment admission date. It was bitterly cold and I was mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted, with a severe chest infection as a result of getting soaking wet and working on the street. I was confused and upset at being homeless and I felt I didn’t have anywhere to turn as no other housing services in Bristol were able to help me. I was really scared as my only option was sleeping dangerously on other addicts’ sofas and I was extremely anxious about whether I would even make it into treatment.
I was picked up by a worker from One25 and taken to Dean Crescent where I was told I could use the crash pad. This meant I was safe as it was a women’s hostel and staffed by St Mungos staff 24 hours a day who also gave me a lot of support. This was a huge relief and weight off my mind.
It is really difficult to access housing in Bristol, especially immediate, emergency accommodation that is often needed by the women that use One25’s services. The crash pad is crucial to enable women to escape from the violence and danger that street workers find themselves facing. It provides a warm, clean safe place.
I am now 6 months clean and sober, I no longer work the streets and am in 3rd stage supported housing. I’ve even been accepted onto a college course next September for mental health nursing! My life has changed beyond belief but I feel that without the support of One25 and the use of the crash pad when I was homeless and vulnerable I would not be where I am today.
I owe the One25 project much more than I could ever repay and I hope that more women are able to use the crash pad and receive the love and support that I did. I believe that I started my journey of recovery in that room and it saved my life. A million thanks to the One25 project xx”