London based project- Buses4Homeless is created in the wake of increasing number of rough sleepers in the capital city. As part of the venture, four old buses were reconstructed into secured shelters for sleeping, eating among other things.
In an interview conducted by the BBC, Krzysztof Szymczyk speaks about his experience at Buses4Homeless. Szymczyk is one of the first residents of the project. He has been living in the noble setting, after spending the past few months on the London streets.
“I’ve been building buses and coaches for the last five or six years and one day I walked into the yard and discovered a man just sleeping rough underneath where you put your luggage in a coach and that literally broke my heart,” says Dan Atkins, founder of Buses4Homeless. With the help of Szymczyk, Atkins renovated a bus and turned it into a home.
Szymczyk is one of the 170,000 homeless people in London. This was another reason that encouraged Atkins’ project for the homeless. The bus provides provisions for learning, sleeping and wellbeing. According to Atkins the bus project is a three month programme designed to create fundamental changes in the lives of the homeless. In addition to these facilities, the project also conducts counselling in order to instigate positive mental health among the occupants.
“We’re looking at really a very personal level of transformation taking people through a journey, equipping them to actually find a home within,” reports Nicola Darke, who works as a Transformation Coach.
Moreover, sessions on career guidance will also help the occupants to get back on their own feet. Through training, the homeless will be provided with qualifications, educational and entrepreneurial skills, says Jonathan Pfahl, founder and spokesperson for career training.
The project is directing efforts to change life’s perspective for the homeless and to create hope for their future.