Has Harbour Housing helped you?
“Helped me is an understatement.
I’d still be out there with my rucksack if I hadn’t come here.
I came to Harbour from the streets; I was grieving a family member and didn’t face it very well, so I was in a bad place and also escaping violence.
From that, I now have a really nice flat in a lovely little place, funnily enough it’s the place I always wanted to end up.
It took a while to realise this was actually mine. It took a while to sink in.
[Harbour Housing] is what you make of it at the end of the day, Malcolm has been very good to me.
I’m quite the stubborn character but being stubborn has helped me get where I am.”
“My confidence has grown and I have gained qualifications that I would not have got if it wasn’t for Cosgarne: pre-tenancy, IT level 1, IT level 2, food safety.
“If I did not have the support from staff at Cosgarne I’m not sure where I would be now.”
“Harbour Housing helped me out when I was in a situation that I’d never been in before in my life.
“I was living in a boat, the boat burnt out, so I was literally homeless.
“It can happen to anybody.
“Normally people associate people in this kind of place with narcotics, alcohol – but not all.
“There are some people with relationship problems, bereavements, stuff like that, and they end up being homeless.”
“Harbour Housing’s a new chance at life.
“A fresh start. A second time round.
“We’re all here for a reason, and whatever that reason is you get help here, some friendships, and hopefully released back into the wild!”
Sue, our longterm volunteer: “It allows you to do something you wouldn’t otherwise get the opportunity to do.”
“You hear about Cosgarne and you get a mental picture of it, and it’s nothing like that.
“Being in the little annex here we’re a little family, we cook for each other, one cook one wash up.
“It makes you feel humble.”
“I don’t really know why I’ve changed, but I’ve changed since I’ve been here,”