I had a relationship breakdown and I ended up on the streets in London. Being on the streets was a bit scary. It was mind-blowing, to be honest.
I sold The Big Issue in London for 10 years, then came up to Manchester in 2018 to be closer to my children. I spent most of that time in hostels.
Now, though, I’ve got my own flat! I moved in in March this year. I’ve got a lot of work to do there – like getting furniture sorted and things like that, which Big Issue North are helping me with – but it feels great.
Now that I’m settled, I’m looking into doing some further education. I’d like to do some support work in the future. I’ve done that in the past when I worked with people with learning disabilities, but I might need to get some new qualifications. I want to work with homeless people because I’ve had the experience myself.