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From there he moved on to the Thames Reach Bermondsey Project which provides support to 30 people with enduring and serious mental health problems.

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Veronica, his key worker, meets with him regularly to discuss his problems, needs and aspirations. This can be in the project’s office but they’ll often take a stroll in the park or visit a local cafe. She helps him keep in touch with local mental health professionals and develop the skills to maintain a future tenancy and get back on his feet. He also attends tenant coffee afternoons and cooking classes, which he enjoys.

From 1975 until the 1990s, Leroy was a drummer in reggae bands playing gigs across the capital’s club circuit. Then his mental health problems worsened and Leroy struggled to cope. His problems culminated in him being evicted from his flat and he ended up sleeping rough for six weeks on the streets of the capital before being found a place in a hostel.

And all the support he receives appears to be paying off – Leroy has been doing very well since he moved in and he is now a prime candidate for moving on into his own independent accommodation.

Thames Reach Annual Review 2010  

Thames Reach's Annual Review 2010 looks at how some of the capital's most vulnerable people have been helped by the charity over the past 12...

Thames Reach Annual Review 2010  

Thames Reach's Annual Review 2010 looks at how some of the capital's most vulnerable people have been helped by the charity over the past 12...

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