Sacro Dumfries Housing Support

Housing Support helped ex-offender Mickey to resettle into the community 

Mickey is 32 years old and lives with his partner Stevie. They have just moved into a two bed-roomed tenancy in a housing estate in South West Scotland. Mickey and Stevie are busy decorating and furnishing their new house, working hard to turn it into a family home with the encouragement and support from Mickey's Sacro support worker.

During his last custodial sentence Mickey decided he no longer wanted the type of chaotic lifestyle he had and he made up his mind to become clean. Mickey agreed to Sacro providing him a support service, assisting him to engage with agencies that have an interest in his welfare, budgeting and resettlement. 

During his teens Mickey became a major player in the drug scene in the estate where he now lives, at one stage he was so prolific in his offending behaviour that all Registered Social Landlords were advised not to house him. Mickey’s offending history is vast including breach of peace, various motoring offences, assault and possession of drugs. Due to his past offences being mainly committed in the area where he now resides he is still viewed with a great deal of suspicion and feels he is targeted by locals. 

Mickey finds it difficult to manage activities of daily living as he suffers from depression, paranoia and anxiety. He finds it difficult to leave his house and he often needs support to venture outside his home, his Sacro worker helps with this. Mickey’s support from Sacro continues and is now aimed at building and increasing his confidence and self-esteem.