Diab, aged 60, lived at Arlington for approximately two years. He moved to the UK from Lebanon in 1993 for a better life. Unfortunately, due to a family breakdown he found himself homeless.

Diab was referred to Arlington through Camden Council and he considered it a very “good move” for him.

“I am very happy at Arlington. Arlington has the best staff. The staff are very encouraging and helpful and have given me the chance to improve myself.”

Diab has now moved on to sheltered accommodation. Diab is a keen photographer and when he moved to the UK he brought an archive of images with him which he had taken of his native country.

While he lived at Arlington, Diab attended the Creative Space arts programme delivered in partnership with arts charity SPACE. Through the programme, Diab developed his photography skills and learnt new techniques to transform his archive into a digital gallery. He also gained confidence in showcasing his talent.

His work has been displayed at SPACE’s art gallery in Hackney and has featured on Arlington’s creative art programme’s website. Visitors to Arlington can also appreciate some of Diab’s portraits, which decorate the building’s walls. Resident artist at the time, Ania Dabrowska supported Diab on this hugely successful project.

His poignant life journey has been captured through a collection of very powerful images and the passionate photographer hopes to turn his treasured archive into a book that can be shared with the rest of the world.