“ I felt like there was someone looking out for me.”
I will be ninety this year and have lived on my own most of my life. I like my independence. I’ve been in a great amount of pain over the last year but was scared that a hip operation would cost me my independence. I was feeling very low and was ready to give up my home.
I contacted the Cyrenians new befriending service in Edinburgh, and they encouraged me not to be hasty in my decision to give up my home. They told me about Cyrenians’ Homelessness Prevention Service (HPS) and said that they would be able to go over all the options that were available to me.
For the first time in a long time I felt that there was someone looking out for me and helping me make the important decisions that were needed for my future.
They also said they would support me after my operation by going on walks, going to a weekly Cooking Club and helping me regain my confidence. It was great knowing that after my surgery I wouldn’t be alone.
It was such a relief when she said I would be able to have support to keep my home – introducing me to services that could help me with my house work and gardening. I went into my operation feeling much more settled and in a happier place knowing I was coming back to the home I loved. My concerns about isolation and exclusion have gone.
We need organisations like Cyrenians.
For 50 years Cyrenians has journeyed with thousands of people like Harry in tough realities, helping them transform their own lives for themselves, but there is still much to do.
Please donate to support our continued work in this, our 50th year.