"Your Place is more than just a roof over my head; it's a community that has given me hope, support, and a chance to start a new chapter in my life."
I was living in Manchester with my aunt and cousin when everything changed. My cousin kicked me out in the middle of the night, leaving me with nowhere to go. I felt lost and scared, so I tried to call the police, but they couldn’t help me either. I had no one to turn to.
Feeling hopeless and alone, I contacted my stepbrother who lived in London, hoping that he could offer me some support. However, when I arrived at his home, his wife didn’t seem to like me very much and immediately kicked me out of the house.
For the next two weeks, I was homeless and didn’t know where to turn. I was sleeping outside on a bench, scared and alone, but the thought of having a safe and secure place to stay gave me hope. I tried contacting Newham council for help, and they helped me contact StreetLink, who booked a hotel for me to stay in for four days. That’s when Shannon, one of the staff members from Your Place, contacted me and told me there was space for me at Your Place.
When I arrived at Your Place, I was welcomed with open arms by the staff and other residents. Whenever I have a problem, I know I can turn to my keyworker, Jackie, who has been a great support to me.
I met new people and even started a bakery course with the help of Zara, the job coach. Cooking is my passion, and I love nothing more than creating delicious treats in the kitchen. After I finish my course, I hope to start my own bakery business. I’ve never had friends before, but at Your Place, I’ve made new ones. I even attend the women’s group on Thursdays, where I’ve met other women who share similar experiences to mine.
Your Place is more than just a roof over my head; it’s a community that has given me hope, support, and a chance to start a new chapter in my life.