Our Clients' Voice

From helped to helper – Vicky’s story

In February we were very pleased to welcome Vicky Cheeseman to the SHOC team as our advocacy worker. What makes this appointment so special for us is that Vicky has arrived in this key role after a long journey that involved some very tough times. The journey took her from receiving support from SHOC as […]

“I can laugh when I look back” – John’s Story

John first came to SHOC for help in 2008. Having been homeless for a few months, he found himself the victim of assault, which is sadly very common among the vulnerable homeless. Whilst at the police station to report the attack, he saw a flyer for SHOC. “My self-esteem and outlook on life were very […]

“If it wasn’t for SHOC I don’t know where I’d be” – Graham’s Story

It started when I became homeless due to circumstances beyond my control, I was also very addicted to Class A drugs at this point and I found out about SHOC from word of mouth and also through probation. Probation had been helping me get through my drug abuse and also helping me not to reoffend […]

Living in rented accommodation on my own salary

Mr P. Z. became a homeless person in Slough and began using SHOC’s daycentre for support. Initially he had very little command of the English language and so began attending ESOL classes which improved his communication skills. He was then able to take part in a CSCS course which he passed and he has now […]

A relationship based on honesty and trust

A young man grew up with his mother and brother and never knew his father. He became involved with the “wrong” crowd and started to smoke cannabis on a daily basis when he was 17, this made him feel good. His new friends soon got him on to heroin. He was offered accommodation through a […]

Self worth at an all time high

A 24-year-old man had been coming to SHOC since the age of 15 as his mother is a service user. He is now a father and living between his mother and his partner. He had been continually encouraged to use the learning centre but had showed little interest in doing so. He began weekly meetings […]

A real sense of achievement

A young lady was referred to the learning centre by the local drug support agency. She was on a drugs programme following many years of Class A drug abuse which had seen her losing her children and being estranged from her family. She came along and joined our IT course and the course on CV […]

The rain has stopped

Miss Z wanted a change of direction in life and found herself moving to Slough without stable accommodation. It was then that a friend suggested she contact SHOC. From the first moment Z walked through the door in her own words “it felt like standing under an umbrella in the rain”. After SHOC staff explained […]