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Jimmy’s story

Jimmy felt happy and settled in his native Scotland, before making the moving down to London for work in his twenties. Unfortunately he lost his parents, and his life subsequently took a turn for the worse. As a coping mechanism he became dependent on alcohol and lost touch with his family north of the Border as a result, compounding his social isolation in a place far from home.
Life continued in this way for Jimmy for some time, until a meeting with a member of ScotsCare staff years later offered him a way to get his life back on track.

After hearing about his accommodation ScotsCare staff paid him a visit and saw that the house was clearly substandard. Along with his health concerns of angina, diabetes, arthritis and asthma this made Jimmy was a prime candidate for our sheltered housing. His priority meant that we were able to offer him his own place within four weeks.*

“When they gave me this place, I sat down crying because I never thought I’d get a place like this. The last place where I lived was a mess, there were mice, I hated it. I’ve been here 13 years I think now and it means the world to me. It’s a better place, I’m stabilized, I love this place”

Perhaps best of all he is now in control of his alcohol habit.

“I’m not drinking and I’m glad of that, I’m proud of that.”

Jimmy also likes to join in with the social side of ScotsCare, where he regularly comes our events, from the Burns lunch, Christmas dinners to trips to the seaside in the summer, where he enjoys making connections.

“There’s not one (trip) I’d miss because I love it, because I can meet people.

Overall, ScotsCare has been there for me, they’ve helped me in every which way they can and I am very very very appreciative for what they’ve done for me. I’m never as happy as I am now. I’ve had the down times when I lost my family, but now I’m a better person.”

ScotsCare keeps me safe, you know? If I hadn’t met ScotsCare, I don’t know where I’d be.”

*Please note that all accommodation is provided on a priority basis.

Jimmy felt happy and settled in his native Scotland, before making the moving down to London for work in his twenties. Unfortunately he lost his parents, and his life subsequently took a turn for the worse. As a coping mechanism he became dependent on alcohol and lost touch with his family north of the Border as a result, compounding his social isolation in a place far from home.
Life continued in this way for Jimmy for some time, until a meeting with a member of ScotsCare staff years later offered him a way to get his life back on track.

After hearing about his accommodation ScotsCare staff paid him a visit and saw that the house was clearly substandard. Along with his health concerns of angina, diabetes, arthritis and asthma this made Jimmy was a prime candidate for our sheltered housing. His priority meant that we were able to offer him his own place within four weeks.*

“When they gave me this place, I sat down crying because I never thought I’d get a place like this. The last place where I lived was a mess, there were mice, I hated it. I’ve been here 13 years I think now and it means the world to me. It’s a better place, I’m stabilized, I love this place”

Perhaps best of all he is now in control of his alcohol habit.

“I’m not drinking and I’m glad of that, I’m proud of that.”

Jimmy also likes to join in with the social side of ScotsCare, where he regularly comes our events, from the Burns lunch, Christmas dinners to trips to the seaside in the summer, where he enjoys making connections.

“There’s not one (trip) I’d miss because I love it, because I can meet people.

Overall, ScotsCare has been there for me, they’ve helped me in every which way they can and I am very very very appreciative for what they’ve done for me. I’m never as happy as I am now. I’ve had the down times when I lost my family, but now I’m a better person.”

ScotsCare keeps me safe, you know? If I hadn’t met ScotsCare, I don’t know where I’d be.”

*Please note that all accommodation is provided on a priority basis.

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