Jenny’s story

If I hadn’t have moved into Olivia Lodge then my baby would have probably been removed. I’d have had a break down and become homeless. It doesn’t bear thinking about.

Jenny moved into Jenny moved into the Great Places supported housing scheme after being evicted from a hostel where she had ended up after being thrown out of her mother’s house. Jenny had a very young child when she was given a place at Olivia Lodge, a scheme for women aged 16-25 who are either pregnant or have children up to the age of 5.

This is Jenny’s story:

“I was made homeless after being thrown out of my mother’s house after a relationship breakdown. I was placed in a hostel but was evicted due to fighting and rent arrears. I had social services involvement and was a deemed a ‘child in need’. There had also been issues with child sexual exploitation.

My Connexions worker referred me to Olivia Lodge. I applied in early pregnancy and was on the waiting list for approximately eight months. When I moved in my child was put straight onto child protection. If I hadn’t have moved into Olivia Lodge then my baby would have probably been removed. I’d have had a break down and become homeless. It doesn’t bear thinking about.

My life has changed immeasurably. I have become more independent, my behaviour has improved and I have grown up. I have done budgeting work, paid off my former rent arrears and keep up to date with my bills. I now have a good relationship with my mum and am in a stable relationship with my boyfriend.

I have learnt how to cook and keep my home in good condition. I have accessed parenting courses and the local Sure Start. I have built up a good support network. I am currently applying for my provisional driving license and have been accepted onto a college course in Health and Social Care which will help me achieve my dream of becoming a midwife.

I have engaged with support from the scheme in developing my independent living skills and I now actively bidding for my own property and hope to get one soon. Social services no longer need to be involved for me or my child.”