Tackling homelessness as a councillor
As a forty-five year old balding male professional, I may appear to fit the typical stereotype of a Scottish Councillor on first impressions. However, as is so often the case, first impressions merely scratch the surface of reality. I have been a single parent for the last eleven years, which has changed my perspective on life in many ways.
I faced losing my home at one point during the disintegration of my marriage. Had that happened, my children, job and self-respect could quickly have followed and the thought of becoming homeless certainly concentrated my mind. I recognised that although some factors in our lives can be under our own control, there are many that are not. This has shown me that for people facing the possibility of homelessness, support at certain stages is not only useful and desirable but also often essential.