RGS student Callum, awarded a university scholarship, dropped out in his first year through alcohol and drug addictions. After a period back home, in spite of trying hard to work with him, his family had to ask him to leave. At that point, WHC gave him a spot in its night shelter before referring him into a rehab and later into an Emmaus community. This was WHC’s first contact with Callum, in 2011. Callum achieved sobriety, but unfortunately relapsed.

During six years of addiction, he went to rehab three times; went to prison; lost every job he had; was evicted and made homeless eight times; and lost almost every relationship – with his friends, his family and himself. By the end he had nothing, not even hope.

Finally, back in Wycombe in 2015, Callum resumed sleeping rough and once again was in touch with WHC. WHC provided food, clothing and bedding, benefits advice and a referral to a local supported hostel. With support from AA and NA, Callum managed to get clean again. He felt it was time he gave back to society, and started a social care course to gain employment as a carer.

Said Callum: “Alcohol and drugs caused ALL my problems in life. Waking up in the car park at sunrise next to drug paraphernalia, I finally understood “rock bottom”. I can't thank WHC enough, providing stepping-stones to get out of the gutter!”

Callum secured an office job with a care provider, and began to look forward to taking up his chosen role at some point in the future.

In May 2016, Callum ran the Milton Keynes Marathon, and with matching funds from his employer, he raised £600 for WHC.

As of October 2016, Callum has now been clean for over a year. In the year he’s been clean he has never gone without food; he’s run marathons and competed in triathlons; held down a job; and most importantly, made amends with the people in his life – including himself. Callum says that without Wycombe Homeless Connection, he wouldn’t have got into a hostel, wouldn’t have become clean and wouldn’t be where he is today.