Lee worked in the building trade until a trip to Brighton made him decide to change his direction. He noticed the number of people experiencing homelessness in the coastal city and knew he had to find a way to help. Lee is now a Project Worker at The Winchester Beacon where he has swopped building houses for building futures.

“My role involves being there for the residents from welcoming people that have moved in to ensuring our current residents know we are there for them. It is important to build relationships through listening to find the best ways to help and encourage residents to partake in the support available.

It’s really rewarding being able to make a difference to people’s lives. Many of our residents are vulnerable and feel that nobody cares, seeing the progress that they make and listening to their stories is a privilege.

The job has taught me that anybody could end up without somewhere to live. A few bad decisions, a loss of job, a break-up of family relationship etc can cause a domino effect. We give everybody breathing space to take stock of their situation. You have to try and put yourself in their position to show empathy.

As a child, my Dad always instilled a sense of right and wrong. I struggled a bit with that when I was younger but my goal was always to do something to help others and make a difference. I just believe that if you can help, you should. I’ve always wanted to do this job and for the first time in my life I’m happy at work.”

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