David’s story

Before Transform I was ready to just give up...

I’m from South Africa originally. When I was 17 my mum and brother passed away so I had to move to the UK to live with my older brother. It was a difficult time for me and my brother and after a few years, I became homeless. Eventually I found a place at a local night shelter. I was suffering with a number of issues at the time including self-harming, and unfortunately the shelter wasn’t able to give me the support I needed so they referred me to Transform.

When I was 17 my mum and brother passed away. Eventually, I became homeless.

When I first moved to Transform I had a really nice flat which was on the ground floor. I suffer from epilepsy so it was great that the flat was so accessible. When I met my keyworker I was a bit apprehensive, but it’s been the best. He has helped me deal with so much. At the time I had developed agoraphobia, I was gambling a lot which meant I had built up a lot of debt and I wasn’t paying my bills. My keyworker helped me work it all out, it was such a weight off my shoulders.

Now I’ve moved on from Transform and into my own flat which is gorgeous, I’m going to the gym regularly which gives me something to put my mind to, and I’m going to start looking for a job doing something creative.

Transform helped me deal with so much. It was such a weight off my shoulders.

Before Transform I was ready to just give up, but now I’ve grown up and my life is absolutely perfect. I feel like I can now look to the future.

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