Kial's story: "Now I know I can do something if I put my mind to it."
With our help he's improved his mental and physical health
A decline in Kial’s mental health led to him becoming homeless. Now he’s settled in a place of his own and dedicated to self-improvement.
After a bereavement and a relationship breakdown, Kial’s depression became so severe that he was unable to cope and eventually lost his home.
He spent some time sofa surfing and staying in a winter shelter and wanted to get back on his feet. After he reached out to us, we found him somewhere to live and helped him recover from the effects of homelessness.
When he felt ready, he began to look for ways to get involved in his local community. He started attending Porchlight Open Door meetups – places the people we support can go to socialise, learn new skills, and get advice. We run them so people who have experienced homelessness or struggle with their mental health don't feel cut off from others.
He began taking part in exercise sessions at the meetups and noticed his stamina improving week on week. “I’ve always wanted to get back to the level of fitness I had when I was younger” he says, “I don’t think I’d be working on it now if Porchlight hadn’t helped”.
Kial benefitted so much from these sessions that we nominated him for an Active Life gym membership. He was grateful for the opportunity and has been attending as much as possible. He says “I feel happier in myself because I’m doing something to improve my life. I’m doing it for me.”
Kial’s confidence has greatly improved, and he’s started setting goals for the future. He’d even like to take part in a running event this year.
With the help of our employment advisers, he’s also looking for work and taking courses with the Jobcentre. As a fully qualified chef he’d like to work in a kitchen again. He’s already planning how he’ll fit his workouts around a job.
“It’s improved my mental health in a big way” he says, “I’ve still got a long way to go, but it’s made me believe in myself a bit more and showed me that I’m able to do something if I put my mind to it.”