Yorkshire news 'Dapper' man, 62, left to live in tent after being evicted speaks out PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - 'Dapper Dave' found himself living on the street after a turbulent few years

Yorkshire news 'Dapper' man, 62, left to live in tent after being evicted speaks out PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - 'Dapper Dave' found himself living on the street after a turbulent few years

Yorkshire news  'Dapper' man, 62, left to live in tent after being evicted speaks out PremierLeague-News.Com
02 May 2021 - 17:16

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A Bradford man found himself living in a tent in Devon after a traumatic year saw him be evicted from his flat and left severely depressed. Originally born in Wales, Dave was put up for adoption when he was a baby and then adopted by a couple in Bradford. The 64-year-old said that they made him feel very loved throughout his childhood. Fast forward to 2000, Dave was struggling after the breakdown of his marriage in the Isle of Wight and the death of his parents, reports Devon Live. To get the latest email updates from My Bradford, click here . Travelling with his belongings on his back and swinging from his bike's handlebars, it was 10 days before Dave arrived in Devon. It was a journey that was to change his life forever. The passing of Dave's parents just before his divorce hit him hard, and he later tragically lost his two sons in two separate car accidents. As a result, by the time he reached Devon, Dave said he was "feeling pretty down". "I was under the doctor, I was on anti-depressants, and I was living in a flat in Torquay, and I just had no self-esteem. I just thought life weren't worth living," he said. Struggling, Dave said he wasn't taking care of himself, and he wasn't paying the top-up rent for his flat either. So, after receiving two months’ notice, Dave was evicted. He decided to travel from Torquay to Sidmouth and found himself homeless and living in a tent at the age of 62, where he'd remain for a month. Dave said he was "fortunate" that this was during the summer rather than the winter, as otherwise, he'd now be "six feet down". However, the experience was still tough. Two days in, Dave said he was already struggling to cope and realised that he needed help. Dave went to Sidmouth's tourist information office, where he met a man who directed him to the Mustard Seed Cafe - a Christian book shop and cafe in Sidmouth's All Saints Road. And here, Dave's fortunes began to change. Read More Related Articles Woman sex trafficked to Bradford and raped by sick gang speaks out Read More Related Articles Woman growing cannabis for terminal illness 'destroyed' after 12 cops raid home and lock her up for six hours The Mustard Seed Cafe works closely with Gateway - a homelessness project set up after the tragic death of Tommy Duffy, who died sleeping rough in the cold on Sidmouth Seafront in 2015. The cafe helped provide Dave with hot drinks and meals, helped by their connection to the Gateway project. Despite being homeless, Dave - now known as 'Dapper Dave' - said he dry-shaved every day. This led to one of the cafe's customers remarking that they never realised Dave was homeless - showing that homelessness comes in many forms. At the Mustard Seed Cafe, Dave met Gateway's Ann Worthington, who remembers first meeting Dave and the dire straits he found himself in. "He was extremely depressed," she said. "At that time, he was literally drifting, he'd completely lost confidence, he'd lost hope that he had a future, had got no self-esteem, and he was clearly suffering from a deep depression and couldn't see any way out of it. "And what Gateway does is we liaise very effectively. We work really well with the brilliant homeless team at East Devon District Council and with their housing options team. They're brilliant at what they do, but in fact, he had no priority needs." She felt Dave "had a lot to offer" if he could only find the right place to be.

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. Dave said: "Ann and [her colleague] Tim drove me up, and instead of letting us know in two days, they let us know before we actually left the building that I'd been accepted. "It was like a big weight off my shoulders - it really was. Emmaus has given me something to get up for in the morning. They care about me as I care about them." Now 64, Dave works in the charity's shops and also enjoys helping others there as a Companion Representative. "The way I feel is that I'm helping other people who are possibly in the same situation to what I was in - or even worse," he said. "Emmaus has given me so, so, much to look forward to. I'm not 100 per cent, but I'm getting there, back to somebody who's worth a lot and is able to do things in a community - back in a normal community. And I feel proud of that. "Through my life - because I was fostered and then adopted by my foster parents - all through my life, I've had people giving to me. Well, now, it's my turn to give back to others, and that's what I'm trying to do." Nicola Read is Dave's support worker at Emmaus, and she has seen a big change in Dave since he arrived in 2019. "David has been a delight as a companion," she said. "We have seen a huge change. He's a really bubbly, kind character. He's settled in really well. He's a huge asset to the community." Enter your postcode to see what's happening where you live She said that residents like Dave, who arrive at Emmaus, are asked to come off of all benefits other than housing benefit, which goes directly to the charity. They're given an allowance, and a pot of money is also set aside should they ever wish to live more independently, and they're encouraged to help both themselves and others in the community. And through the help of others, Dave seems to feel like he's finally found his place in the world. "As I say, I was 62 at the time, and I'm now 64, so there is hope," he said. "I've got help from people who know what they're talking about and know what they're doing. I can't say it enough if it hadn't have been for Ann Worthington initially and Gateway - because she knew about Gateway - I'd never heard of them - and Emmaus, I wouldn't have known which way to turn. It's all down to them." A former member of the British Army, Dave said: "When I realised how much Emmaus had helped me I looked at my age, and at the time I was 63 and thought nobody in their right mind is going to employ me on 'Civvy Street.’” But he said he now very much enjoys what he’s doing, and with a twinkle in his eye, he added: "So I asked Nicola if it would be OK if I decided to stay with Emmaus until they put me in a black bag, and I'll do what I can for them." "It's just been wonderful to see him - he's found himself,” said Ann. “I just couldn't be more delighted that it's worked out. This is the fairy tale ending that we don't always get at Gateway, but we get it often enough to keep us going through the dark times." Read More Related Articles Leaked government document shows Bradford hit by 'perfect storm' that allowed Covid-19 to run riot Read More Related Articles Sheffield charity launches online film festival on homelessness

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