Larry, 66, was made homeless after his mother passed away. They had been living together in the council house that had been their family home for over 40 years. The house was originally in Larry’s father’s name and when he passed away the tenancy moved to his mother. This meant that legally the house could not be passed on again and so Larry was instructed to leave and suddenly he had nowhere to call home.

“The Winchester Beacon gives you everything you need to live day-to-day – food, a bedroom and a TV to watch. And it gives you someone to talk to and someone who says ‘We are going to help you’.

George, my Support Worker at The Beacon, helped me sort out my pension. I knew it was there but I couldn’t access it, I didn’t know much about the internet so George helped me.

I’ve just moved into my own one-bedroom flat. The Winchester Beacon helped me apply for it and also sorted out furniture and a cooker for me so that I start with what I need.

Having now experienced homelessness, I value having a space in the world even more than I did before. It’s easy to worry about how I’ll cope living on my own but I’m going to take it as it comes and I know I still have the support of The Winchester Beacon.”


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