Seamus was first contacted some years ago. However, when the hostel he lived in closed, TRUST lost contact with him for a time.

He worked as a porter and yardman in a large city hotel for 20 years. He was pressured to leave without redundancy. He developed a serious drinking problem. He lost his flat and his general appearance deteriorated. No attempts to counsel him were made.

With the help of TRUST a permanent residency was obtained and clothing supplied. He has tried, unsuccessfully, to be reinstated in his job. He is frequently given to despair and sometimes sleeps on the floor in the flats of friends because he dislikes hostels.

He calls to TRUST regularly but realises that at an early age (in his fifties) his working days are over. He sees himself ‘on the scrap heap.’