Robert is a divorcee but he has a partner with whom he has a son.
Back in Poland, Robert graduated from the technical college. After the college, he continued his education at a private university, where he studied psychology. After two years he had to suspend his studies due to financial struggles and began working as a supervisor at the building site. Later he worked in a car factory in cadres. After he was made redundant, Robert decided to try his luck in the UK, where he arrived in 2005 in order to find a job.
R. (39) came to the United Kingdom from Poland in January 2014 and has been sleeping rough throughout the entire period. As a migrant who has not worked in the UK for a sustained period he did not receive benefits and he could not access short term accommodation services. He has had alcohol issues since he was a teenager.
R. came from Poland to London because he wanted to provide a better life to his parents who live in Poland. His father has a heart condition and his mother is taking care of him and cannot get a job because of it. R. trained to be a carpenter, so he hoped to find a job in his profession in London. However, he did not know the language and he found it difficult to apply for all the necessary documents in order to be able to work legally. He started making friends with the other Polish people living on the streets of London and this is how he started to cover his issues by drinking heavily.