When Corbyn told his story he was waiting for suitable housing and being supported by Key's drop-in support service. He has since moved into supported housing.
I’m 21 and I have Asperger’s. Growing up I always knew I was a bit different and sadly I always felt like everyone was out to get me, either that or they just ignored me. I always felt unsafe so I wouldn’t ever mix with others. I wasn’t sociable at all. When I was about 12 it took its toll on my mental health I felt as if I was sat in a bubble. I decided to ignore everyone else around me because that’s what they did to me. Growing up was hard.
Earlier this year I was kicked out of home. I literally had nowhere to go. I contacted the council’s out of hours housing service and I was referred to Key. Since then I’ve been back and forth from my mum’s house and have been sleeping mainly in my car whilst I wait for a property to come up that is suitable. My Asperger’s diagnosis isn’t on my medical records so the local authority do not consider me to be a priority. Key are helping me get a new diagnosis and have helped me get on the waiting list for housing.
At Key’s offices I am able to use their facilities every day. I can use their toilets, have a shower, wash my clothes and get some food. I also get to chat with the staff there. Everyone has been great.
I usually park my car on one of the supermarkets because they are open 24 hrs. I use my Universal Credit to keep the car going, it’s the only thing I have. I’ve learnt where to park each day to stay safe. Often I feel weak and low. Carol at Key has been great, she supports me and advises me like telling me to go to the doctors when I am down.
As soon as I get my own place I am literally going to go to sleep for 24 hours. I know that soon I will be safe. Once I am in my own flat I’ll be able to relax, breathe and think about everything, about what I am going to do with the rest of my life. For now it’s important I follow a routine for the day and wait. I’ve also spoken to an employment coach at Key who has helped me with my CV and will help me find work once I am settled.
Knowing Key is here for me now makes me sigh with relief, for once in my life I know I am not alone.