We first met Mark when he came to Kingsway 12 months ago. At that time, he was using around 20 bags of heroin and crack a day. Lawrence still remembers the day he met Mark very clearly, it was winter, and Mark was freezing. He lay his whole body across one of the radiators in the shelter and didn’t move from that spot for almost two hours. Mark found the help and support at Kingsway which helped him to cut back his drug habit. Sadly, after Kingsway closed, Mark’s drug addiction worsened, and he fell back into his old routine. Cotton Street is Mark’s last hope, he sees the shelter as the final change he needs and an opportunity that could determine his life or death.
I started using when I was 22 years old, I’m now 43. So, this is make or break for me, if I don’t do this then I’ll be dead next year. I need to do this, if I can’t do this then I may as well go and put myself in that wooden box.
With the help of the NHS, Merseycare, council officials, agencies and the people of Liverpool, we’re stronger together, and can really make a difference.