Sam, who is homeless in Manchester has been rough sleeping since he was 16, he spent most of his childhood in different children’s homes and had never met his birth parents.

Growing up without his parents around and without the mother or father figure most of us have was difficult he told Pledge.

We asked him about friends and relationships, and sadly he says there are no friends to make or keep.

“When living on the streets, there are no friends to be made, and it’s hard to make any relationships. It’s a lonely place to be.”

Asked about the worst thing about being homeless, he says being tarnished with the same brush as other homeless, some that may have committed crimes.

“There’s a tendency for the public to think we’re all the same, and we’re not”, Sam says.

Thinking toward the near future, Sam tells us he’s not looking forward to Christmas, where he wanders the streets on Christmas day, unlike the rest of the Manchester wrapped up at home, he will be spending it the city centre, alone.

Sam, who says he welcomes support from charities and local services, doesn’t see his situation getting better on the street. His story isn’t unique, either, we come across more people like Sam every day in our walk around Manchester city centre.

Sam agreed to share his experiences to highlight the real stories of those living on the streets of Manchester. Pledge works with Sam regularly, and we actively direct him to local services to get the help he needs, and we also provide warm clothing to ensure he stays warm and dry.

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