Tomorrow's People - Paul // / by sophie green

"I've done so many bad things in my past. I’ve wasted three quarters of my life locked away in prisons or mental health hospitals. I was a problem child, I was always running away, going missing, they wouldn’t even know if I was in prison half the time. Many hazed LSD years passed me by only to be replaced by many more years of heavy alcohol abuse. Prisons and mental hospitals are full of people such as myself who couldn't get a fair deal. If I had stayed in Liverpool I would have been dead years ago. Just to be sitting here is an achievement. I came here to Kent to get away from it all. In rehab I hooked up with a girl more than half my age. No it was not love. The only good thing that came out of this was two wonderful kiddos. I have loved Aston and Lola from their first breaths for air.

A few years ago false allegations were made against me that I assaulted my daughter. I'm restrained from seeing or talking to my daughter for something l did not do. Life means little to me without her. I didn't know where to turn for help. I didn't feel I could trust anyone to treat me fairly. Tomorrow's People stepped in and helped me find support for my mental health issues and helped me to apply for legal aid. I now have a strong chance to get all my concerns put before a court for resolution. Tomorrow’s People put everything in place to save my life, getting me back on the right track again.

Since working with Tomorrow's People, I have become the caretaker of the local church, worked to set up and run a community allotment, and have started volunteering as a driver for Age UK. I'm doing things that, given my history, I never thought I'd be able to do."

 Portrait // Paul, Maidstone. 63.

Portrait // Paul, Maidstone. 63.