Why I’m using StreetChange for ID documents
At the moment I’m homeless and having to sleep on the street. I’ll be able to use the Winter Night Shelter when it opens so at least I’ll be indoors over the worst of the winter weather. I’m stuck without ID which makes it really difficult to find jobs and to find somewhere to stay – even backpackers hostels want photo ID. I can apply for replacement ID documents from the Slovakian Embassy but that’s down in London so I always thought that wouldn’t be possible. When I contacted them recently they mentioned that they are having a Consular Day in Glasgow so hopefully I can travel through and speak to them about my situation. I can apply for some replacement ID when I’m there and once I have these documents I can apply for a full passport. The documents will cost £32. After that the passport will cost me another £40. I know it doesn’t sound a lot but it is when you have no income at all.
This will help me because this it is the first step to getting a passport. If I can get the ID documents from the Slovakian Embassy I’ll be able to then apply for a full passport. Then, once I have a full passport I’ll have photo ID I can use to show employers and landlords. It’s a long process but this is a start to rebuilding my life.
I came to the UK in 2006 to look for work. I have worked for a few years but my health isn’t great and I’ve struggled to manage to keep a job. I moved around a bit to look for work. Unfortunately I haven’t worked enough to qualify for benefits at the moment so I’m stuck without an income. I used to have my own tenancy but I had to give it up as I couldn’t afford the rent. I’d really like to get back to having my own space.
My goals moving forward
In the future I’d like to get back on my feet. I’d like to find a job and then find my own flat. I really loved having my own space. I’d like to be able to afford to look after myself properly and maybe enjoy a treat every so often – like gig tickets for heavy metal gigs. I used to be in a death metal band and love going to gigs.