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Wayne is a 34 year old originally from Worksop. Wayne was kicked out of his childhood home at the young age of 17. From this point Wayne deviated between sofa surfing, and sleeping rough on the streets of Worksop. During this period Wayne turned to selling and using drugs, which in the end, resulted in Wayne going to prison. He was sentenced to 8 years in prison, for dealing drugs but was released after 6 years due to good behaviour. Upon his release Wayne was brought to Hope by his drug worker, as he had no-where else to go or anyone else to turn to. He then began to receive support and guidance from our support workers, who helped him to start to overcome his ‘past demons’. During this period Wayne met a girl, and started a serious relationship, as well as securing a job for himself, which allowed for Wayne to move on from HOPE, becoming more independent.
Unfortunately, sometime after Wayne was ‘laid off’ from his job, due to lack of work. This hit Wayne hard, resulting in him turning back towards drugs, and coming back to HOPE for a bed, and support. Wayne then met Lawson Main, pastor for HOPE and also a member of Now Church (who HOPE continuously liaises and works with) who then helped Wayne to sign up to a 10 month rehab facilitation unit.
One of the drugs which Wayne had access to, and frequently used in the past, was the ‘infamous’ Black Mamba, a ‘legal high’ which has now become a popular norm on the streets of Worksop. He explained that whilst taking this ‘legal high’ he sadly contracted pneumonia, which left him in a life threatening condition, which could have killed him. Wayne explained that Black Mamba is a very dangerous drug, and has devastating side effects such as, ‘zoning out’, paranoia, and severe dehydration, as well as long term effects such as, memory loss. Wayne explained to us, that it effected it him so badly, that he couldn’t remember the names of people, even some who he had known for years.
Wayne has expressed that he now has a clear vision for his future once he completes his rehab, which is now only two months away. He would like to be a youth worker, and work with those experiencing similar issues to the ones he experienced when he was younger. Wayne would like to work with, and educate younger people, before it gets to the stage where they turn to substance misuse as a coping mechanism. He believes that early education is very influential, and very important.
HOPE has recently had a £20,000 cut in funding, funding which previously allowed HOPE to support those like Wayne, those who are lost, and have nowhere to go. Unfortunately, due to these cuts, HOPE has had to now start to turn people away (something which is very hard, and the staff team struggle with) which is resulting in more and more homeless individuals not knowing what to do, and consequently turning to substances such as ‘legal highs’.
Wayne is very thankful for the help and support he has been given by HOPE, and states that without the guidance and support he received from our team he could be dead by now.