Having family who have struggled with homelessness throughout his life, Bechir Boughami had aspirations to decrease the numbers of people sleeping rough on the streets.
He made those dreams a reality when he volunteered for Shelter on Finchley Road, north west London, a location which has gone on to become the company’s first ever “Boutique by Shelter”, taking charity shopping to the next level by selling designer items.
(By Geoff Wong – Flickr: Homeless II, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17704840)
Boughami, now 34, has spent the last six years of his life dedicated to the cause. He started from the bottom but now is a high flyer, as a store manager on Holloway Road, Islington. Juggling this with his other job as a translator, Boughami displays a real passion and desire when speaking about how homelessness has affected his life.
Boughami’s modesty in saying that when working as a volunteer he didn’t consider it a job suggests that his heart is in the right place and genuinely wants to play his part in making a difference.
“Homelessness is a big issue in this country,
“I have family who suffer, so I know how it is…the mess you’ll be in.”