Dean grew up in Barnsley. He had several different jobs before his father got him work down the local pit. Heroin arrived in the town around the same time. When the pit closed he started taking the drug on a regular basis, but it wasn’t until his redundancy money ran out that he realised he was addicted. He moved to Keighley to try and get away from it.
Vicki and Dean have been together for several years now. Vicki also used to be a regular heroin user. Heroin is a blight on many families in Keighley - the jobs go and the dealers move in. When you've got nothing to do, heroin fills the space: getting the money for it, taking it, coming down from it and then going out again trying to get the cash for the next hit. Vicky and Dean are desperate to leave that behind and have been working hard to bring up their two children, James and Bailey. Save the Children and Social Services have been very active in supporting them and helping them with housing and money issues.
Dean is the main carer and is totally dedicated to bringing up his two boys in a loving and caring environment. This he does by the bucketload and he's a bit of a hero down at the Children’s Centre because of it. As far as jobs go, Dean’s applied for 250 over the last year. Not one company returned any correspondence with him. Unfortunately Dean and Vicki have split up but both still share the childcare.