Callum's story is one of a short series of case studies about people who have recently come to the Booth Centre for support.
"I really hate being bored; I love to spend my time keeping busy. A few months ago I ended up sleeping rough again, but managed to get accommodation in a dry hostel.
I get a great sense of achievement doing activities at the Booth Centre and have joined the Art, Drama and Streetwise Opera groups. I also put myself forward to volunteer as Streetwise Ambassador. I helped out a local theatre group at the Contact theatre to give them ideas of what to put in their play, and I will be going to see the play itself in a few week’s time.
Coming to the activities gets me out of my room, stops me feeling isolated and prevents me getting annoyed at my situation at the hostel, as I'm still waiting to get my own place. I like being independent. However, I can find that when I leave the centre and go home I can get bored easily again.
I really love baking and have been getting more and more creative with my cakes recently. I have started baking in my hostel and bringing the results into Drama and Streetwise Opera sessions. I love seeing other people enjoy my creations; it helps my self-esteem and I like to help other people. What I really like to do is take a classic recipe and put my own twist on it; like Battenberg with icing instead of Marzipan, or sponge cake with bananas, jam and coconut on top.
I get people to taste my recipes and get feedback to make them even better. I feel it helps me work towards more independence, helps me move forward. In future I would like to offer to help do some baking groups at the Booth Centre if they can fit me into the timetable!"
Update: We've agreed that as soon as Callum moves into his own bedsit we'll buy him some proper baking equipment.
Thank you to all the people that have given permission for us to share their stories. Names and some details have been changed to protect anonymity.