My Story Project

At one meeting of the Service User Board (SUB) there was a lengthy discussion of how we can help influence the way the general public views homeless people. There was a strong feeling amongst the group that the most powerful messages come from hearing the stories of people who are experiencing homelessness.

From this discussion, the “My Story” project was born. A wonderful volunteer, Riki, offered to help pull it together, along with Tara and Tracy from SUB. Riki made herself available to meet willing participants, giving them a series of “prompt” questions to get them going:

  • As a child, I loved…
  • My favourite job was…
  • I've always been good at…
  • A bad time was when…
  • I became homeless when…
  • When I was homeless I…
  • I like/dislike…
  • If I could change one thing…

Some people chose to write their own accounts. Others preferred Riki to write it up for them, after a long conversation with her.

The results speak for themselves… and more will follow!