Londoners: Toyah

Shando.’s been participating in the 100 Strangers Project, something I’ve been meaning to start doing as well. Since I’m fascinated by the diversity of stories that Londoners have to tell, it’s nice to read these alongside their portraits. I love this photo he recently contributed to the Flickr pool of a woman called Toyah. Shando’s own words are posted below. They tell her story well.

23/100 Toyah

This is Toyah, an ex Royal Sigs soldier who is now homeless. I stopped for a chat after seeing her sign. Toyah has been homeless now for just over 3 weeks due to an issue with her former landlord, she told me that although she finds herself in catch 22 situation (employers are not keen to take on someone who is homless) she remains upbeat and positive that a job offer will appear, and when it does she can prove she has a lot to offer. Toyah had already been stood here for 5 hours before I arrived. Good luck Toyah, I’m have a feeling you will succeed 😉 Shando

4 comments on “Londoners: Toyah

  1. interesting and hope she succeeds indeed! I recently read ‘Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now, As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It and Long for It’ by Craig Taylor. It was great, gives a real insight into a wide range of London lives…

  2. Reblogged this on Arrancat's Blog and commented:
    Sadly a story I have heard so many times and witnessed myself about people who have fought for Britain and later find themselves in dire straits post military life. Very sad.

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