I was in the forces for 18 years and found myself homeless through no fault of my own. Basically I suffered from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder for years.

On the first evening at Nacro’s Stody House*, I met another veteran and we hit it off really well. We have bonded as a vets community – the atmosphere is as close as it’s ever been to being in the forces. The staff are fantastic, they don’t expect too much too soon. We feel we are listened to.

I had given up, but in the short time I have been here I now look to the future with the knowledge and belief that I can and will return to independent living and full-time employment.

*Nacro’s Stody House is for ex-service men and women in Manchester.