I was born in Scotland but moved to America with my husband when I was 20. At first we had a great life, but things didn’t work out and we got divorced. Then, one night I went to a friend’s house for dinner and met some new people who I really got on with. They seemed fun and down-to-earth and we became friends. It turned out that they were drug launderers – buying and selling heroin substitutes.
I got caught up in it too, and eventually, was charged with possession of illegal substances. I ended up serving three years in prison, and was deported back to the UK after I was released in 2018.
Before I knew it, my case worker had found me a place to stay and even though it was raining and grey on the day that I moved in, I didn’t even notice it – I was just so grateful to have a place to call home.
When I arrived in London, I was introduced to Forward’s housing team by Prisoners Aboard. When they assured me they could find me somewhere to live, it felt like a weight had been lifted. I felt so lucky to have been put in touch with people who had so much confidence in helping me turn my life around.
Before I knew it, my case worker had found me a place to stay and even though it was raining and grey on the day that I moved in, I didn’t even notice it – I was just so grateful to have a place to call home. Since then, Forward have continued to help me whenever I needed them – either by supporting me themselves or putting me in touch with an organisation who can.
I never knew that help like this existed in the world – but I am so glad it does otherwise people like me would never get a second chance.
I came to The Forward Trust because I was homeless and in a very bad place. After meeting the team, I suddenly didn’t feel alone anymore. They took time to understand me, and my situation, and helped me with many thingsSamy, Forward client Read Samy’s story