Rhys’ story

"Since coming to Kent House I've been so much happier. When I need support, the staff are always here for me and help me to open up about things".

Rhys moved into St Albans from Essex and had to sofa-surf with this grandmother for a long time. He also spent two months sleeping rough in the city. Without permanent accommodation, Rhys felt like his life had no direction and suffered with depression.

Since being referred to Kent House, Rhys has said “before I came here, I was going nowhere in life but now I’m feeling much more optimistic and my ambition is to be an estate agent.”

Through the services offered by Kent House, Rhys has been able to complete an IT course and start another on confidence-building. Rhys has also been supported to work on his CV and get ready to apply for jobs.

In July 2017, Rhys moved to another Hightown supported living service, where he has his own self-contained flat with 24 hour support. And, even now he has moved to new, more permanent accommodation, Rhys still keeps in touch with his link workers from Kent House.

“I’m going to give it my all to fulfil my dreams, my life’s back on track now.”

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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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