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Matt’s Story

“I slowly found myself falling in love with art…I felt alive again” – Matt, Passage Client

Matt began rough sleeping after a family bereavement left him homeless. It was during this time that he first accessed The Passage Resource Centre, and found his passion for art.

Whilst visiting the Resource Centre, Matt joined The Passage’s Art Therapy class where he soon became a regular, finding comfort in the safe space these sessions provided. Painting offered Matt a release, using his experiences of homelessness, and the emotions that came with this, to inspire the art he created.

With support from the Resettlement Team, Matt moved into The Passage’s Montfort House residence and settled into long-term independent living whilst continuing to exhibit his artwork.

After receiving a laptop generously donated by our partners at Social Box, Matt now maintains regular correspondence with the the art therapy group, accesses community events, promotes his exhibitions, and further develop his hobbies and interests online.

The laptop will also support Matt in managing and sustaining his current tenancy, allowing him to access his benefits and universal credit independently.

Matt is passionate about sharing his work and volunteers to support other individuals who’ve experienced or are experiencing homelessness to develop and re-discover their hobbies.

We have also provided Montfort House with an additional laptop so they can facilitate this in the future.

A member of The Passage team with a laptop donated by Social Box.
Passage staff member with Social Box Laptop