Case study: Emily finds a home
Emily moved in with us as she had trouble with her housing but it was a really big deal for her as she was struggling physically and mentally.
Emily said she really liked that we helped her even when she ‘messed up and made bad choices’.
We helped her start college and went with her on her first day. We are thrilled that Emily stuck at it and completed her course. Emily loved all the fun activities, such as decorating the house at Christmas and cooking dinner together, she also said that it was really nice to know that people actually cared and understood that Christmas could be a hard time for some.
We helped Emily bid on a property and kept reminding her that she was ready for this, that she would be an amazing tenant and could do this. We helped with budgets and went viewing with her and helped her move in to her own flat. It was brilliant for all of us when Emily finally got her own place.
Case study: Jack
Jack was constantly missing and people were always looking for him, his life was chaotic, he had no routine and knew that he needed a change. He moved in with us and at first struggled but within a month he was no longer being reported as missing and was happy to stay in.
We talked, Jack joined in activities and figured out what he wanted to do. We worked together for many weeks and eventually Jack learned to trust the staff, and together Jack was then able to identify triggers when he may struggle.
We cooked and went to medical appointments together and were there for emotional support day and night, we also had fun and laughed a lot. It has been over a year since Jack self-harmed, he has worked with other agencies and gained many skills to help him live independently and gain employment. He said the path to independent living is not something most young people have to think about when.
Case study: Claire
Claire was referred as an adult survivor of child sexual abuse, we worked together for 8 sessions. Claire said she was not believed as a child and her pain became a silent heavy burden to carry alone, the first time she spoke about this was during our sessions.
Claire felt worth-less and deferred to everyone in her life but quickly recognised she was not to blame for her abuse or subsequent experiences and said she felt like a heavy weight had been lifted off her shoulder.
Claire realised that she needed to be honest with herself and then do that with others, be more understanding of herself. She reported that she was sleeping soundly, felt much lighter and serene. She was able to say no and felt assertive. Claire realised she could never change her past but could change how she saw herself and respected herself.
I am a different person, I worry less, I know who I want to be and I have the power to change who I am, I liberated myself.