Thomas* is probably one of the oldest referrals the Cyrenians Outreach Team has journeyed with. Thomas spent his younger years as a Paratrooper, however he now deals with various issues such as deteriorated health, mild depression and a severe gambling addiction, which dictates his income. These factors presented challenges as it’s led him to see no future in terms of paid employment.
However, he is keenly engaging with his keyworker from the Outreach Team and Cyrenians Homeless Prevention Service, and has taken on board suggestions of both volunteering and attending 12 step meetings to address his gambling issues.
Although Thomas is attending meetings for his gambling habits, he admits that he finds this hard to shake and he gives himself a hard time for ending up a “lonely isolated pensioner” with no prospects of happiness. Cyrenians know that we all have a past, present and future; his Outreach key worker reassures him that he is taking the right steps and that with continued support and staying focused on his path, he will reach a more positive place.
Through taking the right steps, Thomas has grown many interests and hobbies including spending time at the Barge Canal Project and washing dishes or preparing grub down at the Serenity Recovery Café. He is also currently honing his literary skills with a Computer course in the Niddrie library.
We’ve changed Thomas’ name and some details to Thomas’ story to preserve is anonymity. If you’d like to find out more about this service, visit our Outreach page.