'Night Support Service'
Eamon, an exceptional carpenter from England came to Northern Ireland to establish a property maintenance business. However, following the break-up of his marriage 6 years later Eamon sold his business and moved into a private sector flat. Now unemployed, Eamon became depressed and started drinking. Due to his perceived suicidal state and drinking he lost his tenancy and found it impossible to access hostel accommodation. Eamon was found dead outside public toilets in Londonderry aged 34.
People who are homeless and end up on the streets have very different needs. Most young people who experience rough sleeping simply need a place to live or help to reconcile with family or friends or get into employment. Others have more complex problems such as alcohol and drug related difficulties or serious mental and physical health problems. Yet, our work and success in tackling the problem of homelessness in Northern Ireland demonstrates that with the right help people can get their lives back on track and make a real contribution to their communities.
By facilitating the crucial first-step from the street to independent living the development of a Night Outreach Service would help engage the most entrenched and hard to reach rough sleepers who have been on the streets for a considerable period of time and given up on anyone trying to help them.