Conversation with Matty, one of our residents

We met with Matty, a very talented poet who has been living with Threshold for over 18 months and is about to make his big move into his own accommodation.

Tell us briefly how you became homeless?

"My dad died in prison when I was 15 and then my mum met another fella and we didn’t really get on. I think it was when I was 16 and they kicked me out because it was getting too much. We kept fighting and that is how I became homeless really.  I spent about 4 years on the streets from there."

How did you learn about Threshold?

"I knew about Culvery Court but didn’t know it was run by Threshold.  I found out about Threshold through CGL, when I last became homeless. They told me about the Old Apple Yard, which was at the time a Substance Misuse Rehabilitation project so they referred me to Threshold about 2 years ago. After the Old Apple Yard, I moved in one of the Move-on Project."

I have been told by the Resettlement team that you are doing great and that you are leaving soon?

"Yes I am leaving shortly to move into my own flat so I am thrilled."

How are you feeling about it?

"Apprehensive, I think it’s only because of all the formalities, you know getting all my benefits sorted out, the Waterboard, the electric so I am a bit apprehensive about all that stuff.  I am not so much worried about furniture as I have got most of it now.  I need to get my white goods carpets mainly and that’s it, everything else I am almost done."

What would you say that you have taken away from Threshold…What have you learned?

"Mostly what I have taken away from Threshold is time to recuperate, time to gather my thoughts, get my bearings straight.  My recovery had to come first, you know what I mean, and the Old Apple Yard was the foundation for that.  I think once I had done the Apple Yard and moved into a Move-on project, I had already grown.  I took quite a bit from the GOAL's* .  I gained confidence, I have been able to do my poetry standing up in front of people and that took some balls."

*Gaining Opportunities and Living Skills

What do you see your future to be?

"Still at this moment, I still don’t know, because until I have surgery on my knee done, I am not going to be able to do anything. I do want to work in the drug recovery field.  I am not too sure when that is going to happen or how it’s going to happen.  Maybe through CGL but with some voluntary work or maybe even do a Health and Safety course first, just to see how things go."

 We are wishing Matty all the best for the future! 



Catching Up with Rachael, 4 Months After Moving to Her Home!

It’s a Thursday morning, walking down to Rachael’s 1 bed house, I reminisce on how few months ago, meeting Rachael in the morning would have been at our head office and more often later than 11am. It seemed to me like yesterday that Rachael moved from Mullane House, our youth project to the Women’s house, one of our Move-On project. She completed the Resettlement program and got herself a place to call “home sweet home”.

It is 10.30am and I am the one that's late, rushing around.  She welcomed me into a very beautiful, comfy living room. She's made it her own, very homely. I am looking around and notice few additions since the last time I visited. She tells me how excited she is to have her own washing machine and a hoover (she hoovers twice a day, not that the carpet needs it!). She is very house proud!

She offers me a cup of coffee and we sit down in her sofa for a chat and here is what we talked about:

Rachael, how you feeling now, after 4 months living in your own property?

I feel really good. I have been getting on with it and enjoying it. I have been able to budget properly. Yeah, it’s been going really well. I have been decorating and made myself at home.

Do you find that it gets easier now that you are here in your own accommodation?

Definitely! I think without the help of Threshold, it probably would not have gone as smoothly as it did but I really eased into it. I definitely respect people that live on their own now. I understand how stressful it can be, having to think of loads of different things that are going on. You have to keep everything on the forefront of your mind.

Did Threshold prepare you well to live on your own?

Yes, definitely, yes! Staff helped me a lot and I do think that without the financial preparation, the letter writing and searching for jobs and anything really, I would not have known what I was doing to be honest. They have helped me a lot, by teaching me how to look in the right direction.

Do you think you have settled well? Are you feeling at home?

There is still a bit of decorating to do but already I feel like I have been here for 4 years instead of 4 months! It feels really good. I feel really settled in, just a bit of carpet down the stairs and the bedroom and I’ll be alright I think!

That’s great to hear! What have you got in for the future?

I would like to get a job as some point but I think when I do that, the first thing I will be saving up for is driving and then I think I would be fully independent, without having to rely on public transport.

So I remembered talking about an apprenticeship with you few months back, is it still something you are interested in?

I still consider it. Obviously it depends on the financial situation but I think just for the training aspect and doing something that I actually want to do, it would be great.

What sort of apprenticeship are you looking into?

Accounting apprenticeships, hopefully. I have already got some qualifications in maths and I am looking to extend my knowledge in this area.

It was a pleasure to see Rachael again and I think I can talk for all of us at Threshold to say that we are all very proud of how far she has come. We wish you all the best and can’t wait to meet you again!



Swindon // 1 John Street // SN1 1RT