Introduce yourself

My name is Matthew and I was born in Scarborough.

Education & learning

I got several GCSE’s in history, art, nautical studies, english literature & language and city & guilds.

Something you are passionate about

I love cooking! I love being able to turn individual ingredients into something gorgeous!


My childhood was alright. I don’t have any complaints.

Proudest Moment

Getting my Higher National Diploma in catering and hospitality.

Happiest memory

Meeting my ex girlfriend.

How did you become homeless?

I became homeless because of my heroin addiction.

The hardest part about being homeless

Sleeping outside has to be the most difficult part of being homeless.

What have you learned from your experience of homelessness?

Some people are very generous. Some people couldn’t care less

Message about homelessness

People should look beyond the stereotype of what homelessness is and take time to understand the reasons behind why people are homeless.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I want to get back into full time employment.