"This time I knew I had a real second chance."
Alex had a stable upbringing and a close relationship with his parents and siblings, and everything seemed to be on track after he left school went, into full time employment and started saving to... Read more »
"Being in a warm home and having a cooked meal really helped put me at ease"
Jacob’s mother died when he was very young and his father was unable to care for him and his sister so Social Services placed him in foster care. He eventually settled into his new home and... Read more »
"She really feels like part of our family and hosting has worked out so well"
Supported Lodgings offers young people a safe place to stay in the home of a community host for between 6 months and years. Hosts are carefully chosen and receive training, Depaul UK ... Read more »
"I dreaded going back to living on the streets"
18 year old Sam had a fraught relationship with his family, he had been thrown out of the house several times, so had been homeless several times, and never seemed to be able to move back home for... Read more »
"Thanks to the support of Oldham Reconnect I still have a positive relationship with my family."
Sixteen year old Luke lives with his mum, sister and step father in Oldham , and their home life was getting increasingly tense and difficult. After Luke’s father died when he was quite... Read more »
"With time things started to improve, I felt a lot stronger"
21 year old Ayesha lives in a Depaul UK accommodation project in Manchester, she tells us her story: "I am a free spirit, hopeless and hopeful. The only way to feel good about myself... Read more »
"Thanks to the project I've made some great friends and really grown in confidence"
Andrea was 18 when she gave birth to her baby girl, and shortly afterwards her partner left her. Faced with the daunting task of raising her child by herself at such a young age, she set about trying... Read more »
"Just having one night in the home of a Nightstop host helped me find the stability I needed."
Chris had had an unstable and violent upbringing, his mother has mental health illnesses and her succession of violent boyfriends had abused him. At 15 years old Chris had been taken into care when... Read more »
"Having a keyworker who really believes in me has made all the difference."
Daniel left school at twelve when it all became too much for him, and was tutored at home. He had been diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder, a condition where people face incredibly high stress... Read more »