Bridlington man Lewis draws on his supported housing experiences to help others
A Bridlington man who spent six months in a supported housing service following a period of homelessness is drawing on his experiences to help others.
Now a Sanctuary Supported Living project worker, Lewis Pockley first became a supported housing resident after coming out of a four-month stay in hospital for mental health treatment.
He had previously gone through an eviction.
Following arrangements between his hospital ward, the community mental health team and local council, Lewis was referred to Sanctuary Supported Living’s The Haven, which supports adults who are homeless.
During his six months at The Haven, Lewis volunteered at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, before going on to university to study biomedical science.
Today, five years after his six month stay at The Haven, Lewis has used that time to help others develop their independence. He currently key works with nine residents, all with complex needs that resulted in homelessness.
His former key worker is now his deputy manager, while the same local service manager that ran the service when he was living at The Haven as a resident remains in post, heading up the team Lewis himself is part of.
He said: “Things are very different; I was in a very dark place five years ago, but now I look forward to a new day.
“My time at The Haven played a huge part in the positive direction my life took.
“When I promote Sanctuary Supported Living’s services to the agencies responsible for referring residents, I often tell them my story.”