A Mansfield man made homeless 13 times has praised Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC)’s community courses for boosting his dreams of becoming a chef.
Theodore Pilgrim (27), who suffers from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), spent three years living on the streets during his teens and early 20s, facing hunger, extreme weather conditions and poverty.
But while staying at a homeless shelter in Sherwood Street, Mansfield, 18 months ago, he took part in a cooking on a budget course and has since joined an open access course at Brunt’s School for Oriental Cookery. He is now living in a flat in the town centre, studies at Vision West Nottinghamshire College and aims to become a chef. He said: “I have had some really dark times while homeless – the experience of extreme hunger was probably the worst, but for some reason I was unable to get out of the cycle of being made homeless for years. I really enjoyed taking part in the cookery courses and it has helped to give me new skills and hope for the future.”