Simon Boyle is a chef, author and founder of Brigade Bistro in London, which helps Southwark residents at risk of homelessness develop the skills to find employment in hospitality. He talks to Vincent Wood
Mental health is huge in our work, not just with our beneficiaries but all of our staff. We offer a service to all of our staff to have a channel to talk about any issues that they might have; anything that might bubble up.
Drugs and alcohol are the symptom, not the issue. The people we work with have very complex issues and the majority of those stem from childhood. Roughly 88% of people that have been homeless have suffered childhood trauma. Now they are 30, 40, 50 years old, so those traumas run deep.
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