Sarah’s story

"Sarah also suffered with depression"

Sarah had been sofa surfing since November 2016 after the property she was renting was sold by her landlord.

Sarah was a victim of domestic violence, emotional abuse and intimidation from an ex-partner. She had also had her children removed and were put into care they were now under the care of a family member. Sarah also suffered with depression. Sarah used cannabis on a regular basis.

Sarah lived at Meadow Lodge for 12 months and worked with the support staff on getting a formal contact arrangement with her children, managing her mental health through regular GP appointments and medication. She attended regular sessions with Achieve, a local drugs and alcohol recovery service that held a drop in service at the scheme once a week.

Sarah now lives in her own independent accommodation. She still engages with the services that were put in place whilst she was at Meadow Lodge.

Without supported accommodation, Sarah would not have achieved all of the above and could have been rough sleeping.

She now has the support network that she needs to ensure that her new accommodation is a success.

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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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