Mohammed

Dangerous journey

Mohammed lived in a small village outside Aleppo; he was forced to flee his village because of the on-going conflict in Syria. Mohammed made the dangerous journey from his home village to the UK.
In less than 3 months, he travelled from his village to the UK. He crossed Europe using whatever means were at his disposal. When a body of water blocked his path, he swam across it. Mohammed made his way by; ship, train, bus and foot. He spent 40 days in the Calais jungle. The horrendous and inhumane conditions caused him to travel further across Europe, and arrive in the UK.

After being granted asylum in the UK, he arrived in Manchester. Mohammed was homeless. He spent some time sleeping in a mosque, when this was no longer an option; he slept for a few nights in a garden because he felt a little safer than being on the street. Fortunately, Mohammed heard about Cornerstone. When he arrived at the centre, he was tired and very frightened. After he had been assessed, he was offered a bed in our Safe Haven night shelter, where he spent 3 months with us.

During that time he helped around the centre and was a fantastic help in our clothing shop. Mohammed has now moved in to a shared house, where he is extremely happy and attends Salford College, studying English.

When he is not at college, Mohammed runs our clothing shop, at Cornerstone. He sorts all the bags of clothing, hangs them up and looks after the day to day running of the shop. He works late into the evenings making sure everything is organised for the next day. He is a natural! Everyone at Cornerstone is delighted and grateful for the commitment and effort he shows.

This is his way of saying ‘Thank You’ to Cornerstone, for giving him a chance for a better life. Today, Mohammed hugged staff and volunteers at Cornerstone, he told them that they are now his family.

Mohammed is; a lovely, kind, honest and gentle young man; it's a pleasure to work alongside him. We have high hopes for him for the future.

Cornerstone is a day centre providing services to adults facing a wide range of social issues including homelessness, poverty, social isolation, poor mental health, drug and alcohol addiction. We operate an open door policy and welcome people from all backgrounds with our aim being to offer support to our clients, improve their prospects and enhance their quality of life.

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