Rob lived in the north east and was married with a son. His marriage broke down and he suffered serious depression as a result and was on long term medication. He had been working for the same company for 25 years but he lost his job through redundancy and was out of work for 6 months.

His wife moved away with his son and Rob was totally devastated. Rob received counselling to help him through this troubled time.

Rob moved to Cumbria and lived in a rented caravan and found work in Maryport as a social care worker working with autistic adults. He worked in this job for 4 years.

Unfortunately, Rob was made redundant and moved back to Newcastle to live with a friend. He found another job but was made redundant again and 4 months later the friend he was living with became bankrupt and sold his house. Rob was made homeless.

He went to see Durham County Council and was found a flat to share but it did not work out.

Rob was referred to DASH and was allocated a room in a shared house in Shotton Colliery. This made Rob’s life more stable and allowed him to settle down. It also helped to calm his nerves. Rob says “it made my life easier”.

Rob would like to move back to Cumbria at some point where he has friends who he used to work with. He would like to be able to rent somewhere and retire there.

Rob says “The staff have been excellent, I can’t give them enough praise, they’ve been very kind and helpful and that’s what it’s all about, thank you”.