Chelsea’s story

“I feel like I’ve come so far from where I was just less than a year ago, and I can’t wait to see what the future will bring.”

When Chelsea first arrived at the Foyer, she was homeless and struggling with both an eating disorder and substance misuse. Chelsea moved to the Foyer in 2014 following a family breakdown and the break-up of a relationship, the combination of which left her homeless.

Foyer supported housing provides additional support for people who have mental health to learning difficulty issues. Whilst staying at Foyer, Chelsea has been able to increase her independence and received additional support required to overcome her eating disorder and substance misuse. After drawing up a personalised support plan with support workers, Chelsea has received advice on managing her money and to find further education opportunities. Since improving her skills in these areas, she has less accrued debts and filled gaps in her education that were built while she was homeless.

Chelsea is now preparing to study Law at Weston College, as well as working in a management position at Cotswold Country Park and Beach in Cirencester.

In Chelsea’s words: “Since moving to the Foyer, I’ve turned my life around; I’ve been able to get a handle on my money, look into work and education that interests me and look forward to living in a place of my own for the first time in my life.

 

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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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