Caitlin’s story

"Being there has given me the confidence to start to live again."

“I came to live with Adullam from a Social Services referral, after they said living with my mum was inappropriate due to family drug addiction and violence. My mum’s partner was also physically violent to me and my siblings. There wasn’t much room in the house.

When I first moved in, I was scared to be living on my own and wanted to move to my dads. All his family were there, including his sisters and mother who I had a really good relationship with. Unfortunately he only has a one bedroom flat so it was not appropriate for me to go there. I had mental health problems due to all the violence at home and couldn’t go to college or work because of it. Being at Adullam has given me the confidence to start to live again now and I am looking to start working very soon. I now have my own flat and am really happy with what I feel is going to be a positive future. Being at Empowering Futures helped me learn cooking, budgeting and who to contact for my housing like water, electric etc.

I’ve had the support to better my life and make a positive future from a horrible past. It shows that things can change and be positive with the right help.”

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Thousands of people have gained their independence through supported housing. The Starts at Home campaign aims to ensure that people who need extra support will always have a home that meets their needs.

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