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Gravesend man's life back on track after Sanctuary Supported Living lend helping hand

By Amy Nickalls

Mental health issues and increasing debt made life for a man from Gravesend very difficult.

But thanks to the help of a housing and care provide, 64-year-old Peter Travers, is getting his life back on track.

Mr Travers was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and referred to project worker Sarah More.

Sarah Moore who helped Peter Travers get back on his feet (2790928)
Sarah Moore who helped Peter Travers get back on his feet (2790928)

He had run into difficulties claiming benefit payments and was building up rent and utilities arrears. This made him feel so overwhelmed he tried to take his own life.

Sarah recognised his issues and supported helping him understand his claims for benefits.

Peter said: “Sarah saved my life. Her efforts to get my benefit payments and sort things out made a tremendous difference.

Peter Travers who struggled with mental health problems and rising debt (2790931)
Peter Travers who struggled with mental health problems and rising debt (2790931)

“I’ve improved 100 per cent compared to when she started supporting me, I’m no longer scared to go out and meet other people.”

Sarah said: “Peter’s mental health needs had made it very difficult for him to get to the bottom of the issues around his pending benefits claims.

“Being able to work with him to resolve this has put him in a much better state of mind and he is much better placed to look to the future.”

Peter has received backdated payments and was able to clear his arrears and plan for his future.

He has applied for supported accommodation where he can retain a level of independent living but with onsite support.

To find out more about Sanctuary Supported Living and how they could help you, visit www.sanctuary-group.co.uk.

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