Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Without This Support I'd Be Back on the Street

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Without This Support I'd Be Back on the Street

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PHIL, a former labourer, has had spells living on the streets of Bristol, Newcastle, Lancaster, Morecambe and Preston. He came out of prison after serving a sentence for assault almost three years ago and immediately returned to the streets.

"I go wherever there's somewhere to get my head down," Phil, 58, says.

When he left prison he got on a train and came to Manchester, bedding down outside the shiny new Co-op offices in the city centre. That decision led to him getting a life-changing chance.

After 18 months living rough he ended up getting help from the city's Booth Centre and Shelter before being referred to the SIB. He has been living in a flat in Hulme since May - and has made it his own.

"At first I was sleeping on a mattress," he says. "It was not like it is now. …

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