Sept. 30, 2021 – “I spent nights looking for a warm place to sleep. If you went around the back of the shops on Sauchiehall Street, there was a fan blowing hot air you could sit and huddle there. But it was really rare that no-one was already there.

“Usually I slept with a bit of cardboard over me. It was awful knowing it was all my own undoing. 

“Every morning I woke up, the pain would hit me. I used to just cry. I needed £10 a day of heroin just to feel normal. If I didn’t have it, I felt like I had the flu. My guts were churning. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I hated it.”

Steven was given a place to stay at the Blue Triangle’s service unit in Alexandria between 2008 and 2011. Noticing his charm and gift for the gab, staff there helped him get a job as a Big Issue magazine vendor in nearby Dumbarton in 2010.


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