Behind the rolling hills and stunning countryside of Dumfries and Galloway is a problem that may surprise you. Homelessness might be an all too common sight in our towns and cities, but it exists in more rural areas too. One charity describes it as a 'hidden' issue because it often can't be seen.
Dawn Rawlinson was 51 when she found herself facing homelessness for the first time in her life. The house she lived in was being sold by a family member to raise funds. She works but couldn't afford expensive private accommodation and felt she had nowhere to turn.
Luckily, Dawn's daughters helped her find some assistance. The Charity Shelter Scotland found her a flat and are helping her navigate her way through bills and expenses to ensure she keeps her accommodation.
Dawn is proof homelessness can happen to anyone. Vicky Long is a housing support worker, she drives all over the Stewarty area of Dumfries and Galloway providing practical and emotional support.
Living in rural areas can have other issues. A lack of social housing, isolation and problems accessing technology can make an already difficult situation even worse.
Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Scottish Government say they are addressing the lack of social housing in more rural area and building hundreds of new homes.
If you find yourself homeless, or facing homelessness in Dumfries and Galloway, the first step is to ring the council who can refer you to a charity or organisation in your area. The number is 030 33 33 3000.