Silverlinks Nottingham: Homelessness can affect anyone

Here is a blog from our Silverlinks project in Nottingham.

Little did Mary Clark, Nottingham Silverlinks co-ordinator at Age UK Notts., know what a journey she would be embarking on with client Cyril when she first met him at her weekly city centre Housing and Care Options drop in service.

Shadowed by a volunteer being newly inducted to the service, Mary took a moving history from Cyril, a charismatic, articulate 82-year-old ex-miner who had been caring for his partner of many years, who had recently been diagnosed with dementia.

Insurmountable wider family issues beyond Cyril’s control quickly culminated in him having to leave the person he loved and, crucially, his home, which was legally owned exclusively by his partner.

After a brief stay at a friend’s house Cyril found himself un-intentionally homeless and, proud above everything, preferring to sleep in his car than engage with local authority homelessness services.

Trust gained, Cyril allowed Mary then others to help him. He now lives in a beautiful secure centrally located alms house flat at the local John and Eliza Jelley Homes for older persons. It is a beautifully maintained, period site close to family, friends and amenities. He often says he will never forget the help he was given and the people who gave it when he needed it most.

The pictures here are of the behind-the-scenes preparations by drp production staff for a video Cyril kindly made in partnership with Age UK Notts., Silverlinks and the Nationwide Building Society as part of their staff training programme of corporate responsibility for 2017.








The subject of Nationwide’s training programme is the raising of awareness that homelessness can affect anyone from any walk of life and age group, even, poignantly, our oldest citizens.

Mary was so glad to later be able to share with Cyril a message she got from Kat, Social Investment Manager at Nationwide.

“Thanks again for the opportunity to film with Cyril – his story has had a profound impact on many hundreds if not thousands of employees over the last weeks and will really help us galvanise our people to make a difference J

Here is the video itself, which simply says it all.

Best wishes from Mary and all at Age UK Notts. / Silverlinks Nottingham.

Cyril and Mary, in Cyril’s new home



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