Nicky’s story

Living at West Thorpe has completely changed Nicky’s life.

Nicky lives in West Thorpe, in a supported housing for people with Mental Health problems. Nicky’s dad passed away when he was in his late 20’s, and his mum found it increasingly difficult to cope with him and his behaviour. in 1989 Nicky was admitted into hospital where he stayed for 10 years until he moved into a registered care home in Laindon in 1999.

He moved into Estuary Housing’s Supported Living service in 2013 where he gained his own tenancy and opened his own bank account which enabled him to manage his own finances.

Nicky now works at Mind Garden centre project 3 days a week and a charity shop 1 day a week and has completed a City & Guilds Level 1 qualification in horticulture.

Nicky says “I enjoy going out on my own, I can use public transport and I get a taxi on my own to get my Depo injection, I like that nobody has to come with me. I like having my own room with my own key and I get more privacy. I look after my own money and staff help me if I need it.”

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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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