Shannon’s story

Shannon moved to the Manchester Foyer when she was 16 when things were not working out at home.

Here is her story.

“I kept things a secret about what was happening for a long time until the college noticed something was wrong and that I was failing my AS levels. I had to leave home and my college told me about the Foyer and how it helps young people who were like me.

“It was scary at first moving into the Foyer but I settled in really quickly. I was scared about living at the Foyer at first as I imagined living in a homeless project to be really scary but it’s not.

“All the young people are like me, normal teenagers but just can’t live at home. That’s what the foyer is like a home, a crazy dysfunctional family. The support workers are like our parents trying to help and guide us in the right direction and stop us trying to sneaking guests in suitcases.

“It is great having a support worker who you can talk to about anything and they will help you. They support you no matter what is going on for you they are always happy to help and a bit crazy. There are even party poppers on exam day.

“I have experienced so many new things living at the foyer I recently took part in a Drama Project run by the London theatre group Cardboard Citizens in which young people from the Foyer and Blackburn foyer made a performance about the issues homeless young people face. It was great and something I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing before.

“I feel so much happier now. College is going well and I’m back on track. Everyone is so friendly at the foyer and we have so much banter between us. I am going to University in September to study theology, religious studies and philosophy. I want to become a teacher one day and help others achieve their ambitions.”

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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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