Over the past few months we have been working with photographer Howard Barlow to document the stories of lives transforming in the back streets of Salford through the work of Victory Outreach’s Recovery Homes. Lives once exiled, sleeping rough on the streets, addicted to crack cocaine, heroin and alcohol, have found a community where they are welcomed, loved and accepted, just as they are. During their recovery they have found a deep faith in God. Broken lives are turned around, addictions crushed, hope is given and dreams are made reality.
Lesley and Howard visited the homes and recorded this moving story of a man who thought he knew what belonging because of the togetherness he felt as a football supporter, but his love of the game turned towards violence and hooliganism and eventually a prison sentence. He has now found a real place of Belonging through finding faith in God and becoming a part of the family and community at Victory Outreach.