Aged five, Adrian and his family moved to the US to escape domestic violence. This situation recurred, and Adrian was drawn into a life of crime. He was deported to the UK, 36 years after he had left.

Basically, I came back to the UK destitute, nothing no family no friends no relative, nobody, I knew no one, by the time I had finally left immigration detention I had 54 dollars that converted into about £29 pounds at the time. My memories of being a prisoner in the US are basically a constant state of anxiety, a constant state of being anxious, ready to defend.

They sorted out a decent accommodation for me, where I was able to sleep comfortably, for the first time in I don’t know how many years, it was incredible. And from there they provided me with the little bits and pieces, to help me get myself together, I came here with one set of clothing so they provided me with underwear, toiletries, and clothing, and a rucksack and things like that to begin my process of being a free person, basically. And that meant I owned my own stuff, and it wasn’t a prison issuing it.

To be received so well by this organisation sort of laid the foundation for how I would interact with the rest of the world from this point forward, so that lesson of being treated nice and being treated well, with such a good attitude, it reinforced my own philosophy and allowed me to move myself forward. In that for the most part, most of the people I interact with, that’s my goal, is to treat people nicely, and hopefully with the ambition that they too will treat someone else nicely, and then the cycle begins.




Adrian was destitute and at risk of homelessness and in desperate need of support. 

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