I've been living here for a year and have had lots of help from my Support Workers to live independently. I can't wait to move into my own place now.
I was 16 when I found myself rough sleeping on benches in the local park. My mum and me had a big row one day and I had left and moved in with my auntie. I felt bad though because my auntie had enough going on with her own family and so I told her I was going to stay with a friend. The truth was I had nowhere to go so I slept rough for a couple of weeks in the local park.
Someone reported me sleeping there and I was encouraged to come and stay at a supported housing scheme for young people run by Key. I’ve been here a year now and I get help from my Support Workers. They arrange my prescriptions as I have a medical condition and help me to budget my finances.
Since moving here I am in touch with my mum on and off, she sometimes brings me food or I will call and see her. It’s her birthday today, so I’m going to buy her a candle or something tomorrow, when I get paid. I’m actually working on a Kickstart placement at the moment clearing void properties, getting rid of furniture, for a local Housing Association. I really like it, everyone is nice to me and it keeps me occupied. The work has given me a routine instead of staying in bed all day. When this ends I want to get an apprenticeship. Key have said they will help me to find future opportunities. I’m also looking forward to moving out soon and getting my own place.