Time for Change - Dundee

Time for Change in Dundee engages people with the lived experience of homelessness and creates opportunities for those experiencing homelessness to provide peer support to others facing the same issues. Time for Change harnesses expert, lived experience to help us design and deliver better-informed services so that we can deliver improved experiences for people in housing need. This work in Dundee was originally funded by The Social Innovation Fund, which is supported by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Scottish Government.

John is a former service user and now an advisor in the Dundee hub of Shelter Scotland. Photographed for Shelter Scotland's 50th anniversary by Keri Hannah and Jack Mercer.

Time for Change - Dundee

John is a former service user who became involved with Shelter Scotland as a peer supporter in Time for Change. John is now employed as an advisor in our Dundee Hub.

"People relate to you, and they come to you because they know you’ve been in their position. You have to really be there for people, helping them and pushing them in whichever direction they want to go, but it has to be their choice first. If they have the enthusiasm, they can go for it and, because it’s a shared experience, you can share your stories and give them information to help them."

Photograph by Keri Hannah and Jack Mercer

Time for change - Dundee

Mark is a former service user who is now involved as a peer supporter.

"I was an alcoholic for twenty-five years, but I’m three years in recovery now. Coming and getting involved within peer support and joining Shelter Scotland is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. It’s time for change now."

Photograph by Keri Hannah and Jack Mercer

Mark Higgins, a former service user and now a peer supporter at the Dundee Hub. Photographed for Shelter Scotland's 50th anniversary by Keri Hannah and Jack Mercer.

Elaine Chute is a former service user, now involved in peer support at the Dundee Hub. Photographed for Shelter Scotland's 50th anniversary by Keri Hannah and Jack Mercer.

Time for Change – Dundee

Elaine is a former service user who is now involved as a peer supporter.

"I have come to realise now, after going through my journey, that there is still so much left in me that I can give. By coming here [to Shelter Scotland], I get a sense of self-worth and I am getting back to how I used to be. I think it’s really amazing now when I go out and talk to people - the service users – as, when they tell me their story, I can see myself when I was there. I think it’s all down to how good the Shelter Scotland staff are – you know that they are doing it from their heart."

Photograph by Keri Hannah and Jack Mercer

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