Some of St Petroc's clients

Real Life Stories

  • Chris's Story

    I have lived in so many different places, I've lived rough and when I say rough, I mean jagged.

    If half the people in the world suddenly had some kind of epiphany about how they treat and affect other people in their life, I truly believe that these Godforsaken towns and cities that we live in would become almost bearable.

    ...my heart keeps inside it the sorrow of a million and more forgotten sons and daughters that reside among the back alleys in their sleeping bags and cardboard homes. These melancholy and missing children of this once amazing nation are inevitably lost and forgotten in co-op coffins bought by the state without even a single mournful tear between them. The cold night and chills takes them and never judges; then sickness and alcohol, drugs and depression become the causes and blame as we walk by them on our way back home.

    I'm the first to say there's help if you want it but it's hard and you really have to take the strain and pull yourself on to your feet.

    Listen to Chris's Story
  • Dave's Story

    I was back on the streets in Bodmin having got into a dry house. Having arrived at the house, drunk on several occasions, had no choice but to ask me to leave really, so that was it.

    The first night back in Camborne I slept in the shop doorway there. I was really cold. That one night was a sobering thought. I've been back in the house ever since. I brought a lot of things away in my head that are helping to make me realise what I need to do to keep healthy but I will still drink. I'm not at the stage I was before where as soon as I got money in my pocket I had to go and blow it all on drink.

    I'm in a really good place. Can't remember feeling in such a good place for a long time. I've lived a full and enjoyable life. I have achieved more things than most blokes have even dreamed of. I'm not saying that's a good thing. I don't see it as a bad thing. But I am what I am.

Dye looking back at Truro Cathedral

Dye's Story

Dye has spoken on camera about his story, how he came to be homeless, the part Truro has played on this journey, and the impact that the St Petroc's Society has had in helping him find stability again.

Watch Dye's Story