“To me, this is the Waldorf Astoria,” he says.
“I’m no longer homeless. I’ve got somewhere to live, I’ve got a lovely little room, and I’ve got some very good friends. Because I’m off the streets, I’ve started to write poems and I’m writing a book.
“I absolutely love it here, and now I think about how I’d like my own flat or bedsit one day. My key workers look after me and make sure I behave – I needed to learn I can’t carry on the way I’ve been going, otherwise I’ll end up back out there sleeping on a park bench.”
The support offered by Anne Conway House has allowed Christopher to get into a routine that has restored some order to his life, allowing him to keep clean, eat better and limit the type of alcohol he consumes, with regular medical check-ups to monitor the effect of his drinking. Through Liverpool Waves of Hope’s New Beginnings scheme, he takes part in outside activities like creative writing in a way that is most beneficial to him.
He says: “One great thing about living in Anne Conway House is its cleanliness, as I have lived in some terrible places. But I love it here and I love my key workers. I get food, and my money each day, and I feel like a human being.”