The Incredible Story of London's Happiest Busdriver.

Patrick Lawson was recently voted "London's Happiest Busdriver", despite a not-so-happy past of prison, homelessness and addiction. Straightline's Hilary found out how he did it.

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When Patrick was homeless, he earned an income by selling the Big Issue -

An organisation called Narcotics Anonymous helped him recover from addiction -

Single Homeless Project helped find work as a bus driver -

For more inspiration and useful organisations that can help you with life after prison, stick with


    Straightline Stories

    The Incredible Story of London's Happiest Busdriver.



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    Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services.

    tel 0808 800 4444

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    Forward Trust

    An addiction recovery service for people in prison and through the gate. Formerly known as RAPT.

    tel 0203 7525560

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    AFFECT: Action for Families Enduring Criminal Trauma

    Support for families and friends of prisoners. Telephone listening and counselling nationwide, group meetings and face-to-face support.

    tel 03003653651