Less than six months ago, Daniel Arslan was sleeping rough in the streets of Rhyl and had no hope for his future.
After spending four years surfing on a couch and braving the cold sidewalks, the 25-year-old admits he thought it would be his life forever.
Speaking to North Wales Live he said: “I made some bad choices in my life which led to me becoming homeless and I think like a lot of people in this position I thought I would keep going. like that until my death.
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“I was getting out of control and couldn’t imagine getting out of this life, but I did and I’m so thankful for where I am now.”
With the help of local organizations and employment programs, Daniel transformed his life and looks forward to his future for the first time in years.
He said: “I couldn’t be where I am today without the support I have received, but I think a lot of people in this position don’t want to ask for help.
“For a long time, I was ashamed of the gravity of things and didn’t tell anyone what was really going on with me.
“People realized that things were difficult, but they didn’t realize that I was sleeping on the street in freezing conditions in wet clothes, I would get to a point where I was so cold that I would become numb.”
Supported by a Jobcentre work coach, Daniel secured a place in the government’s Kickstart program which places 16-24 year olds on universal credit in six-month internships.
He was then offered a job as a retail consultant through the local employment organization North Wales Training, which helps young people find employment.
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After dozens of applications, Daniel says that obtaining a six-month internship at Vodafone in Rhyl was a turning point.
Since he started working he has also started to rebuild relationships with his family and has a permanent roof over his head.
He said: “I just wanted to have a chance to show people that I can do things, so I was over the moon to be offered the placement.
“The support I have received from everyone at the Job Center, Kickstart and North Wales Training is incredible, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”
When he lived on the streets, Daniel took out loans to buy food and clothes to keep warm, and his new role means he can pay off those loans and start his new life.
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“I just want people to know that the support is there if you want it, it’s not easy and you have to want to change, but if you do, you will be successful.
“I think there are a lot of people, especially young people who have this lifestyle and think that’s it, but I want them to know that they can do so much with their life.”
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