Erica's story

"...I can’t wait to get away from all the bad stuff that’s happened and get a fresh start."

I lived with my mum until I was about 16. Her boyfriend was abusive towards me so I ran away from home and ended up living with my sister for six months. I then moved in with my boyfriend but when our relationship ended, I was homeless – I had to find somewhere else to live.

I had a Youth Support Worker at the time, she suggested a couple of options including living with a host family. I met a couple of families but it just didn’t feel right for me. In the end we looked into Transform and it was a perfect fit! I had an interview and was lucky to have a place at a shared house straight away.

Before I came to Transform I was always stressed and always on edge. I didn’t have time to properly relax from getting out of an abusive environment and just got tossed straight into trying to find somewhere to live.

I found it tough at first. I’d never had to deal with paying bills, or calling people to sort things out like gym membership. I’m normally quite shy and not very independent, but Transform helped me become my own person, so now I know exactly what to do – I feel quite proud of myself.

Since being here, my mum passed away, so now it’s just me and my siblings who are all really supportive of me.

"Transform helped me become my own person, so now I know exactly what to do – I feel quite proud of myself."

Transform has helped me with so much, not just emotionally. I am at college at the moment, it was really hard at the beginning. I didn’t have any way of working at home so I was constantly back and forth to college. I was always staying late in the library to use the computers; I was at a real disadvantage compared to everyone else. Transform helped me get a grant which meant I was able to buy a tablet! Now I can do everything I need and save the time and money traveling to college when I didn’t need to.

I have applied to go to uni and I start in September! I’m really going to miss it here, but I can’t wait to get away from all the bad stuff that’s happened and get a fresh start.

Now I finally have my own space and I’m able to really reflect on everything I’ve been through and try and get over it. I am feeling so much more positive about life now. I feel like I can survive in the adult world. 

 

 

Keyworker Comment: 

Ashley, Erica's Keyworker

When Erica first came to Transform, she was very quiet and low in mood. She was homeless at that point and was very uncertain about her future; she really needed a stable place to stay.

In the beginning I helped Erica with her benefits and applying for jobs and things, but when she started going through a tough time, we upped her keywork sessions to make sure she was getting enough support to cope. Despite the difficulties she was facing, she continued attending college and was eventually accepted on to her Art Foundation course. She worked incredibly hard to get accepted and it paid off!  

We have worked together on lots of different things including applying for student finance to help her attend uni, and we even went to visit campuses together. Erica has been through so much but she has come out the other side and is looking forward to going to university!

 

We are pleased to confirm that Erica not only received the grades she needed to go to university, but also received unconditionl offers from the universities she applied to. Erica successfully moved on from Transform and began her course in September 2017!

 

Ashley, Erica's Keyworker

When Erica first came to Transform, she was very quiet and low in mood. She was homeless at that point and was very uncertain about her future; she really needed a stable place to stay.

In the beginning I helped Erica with her benefits and applying for jobs and things, but when she started going through a tough time, we upped her keywork sessions to make sure she was getting enough support to cope. Despite the difficulties she was facing, she continued attending college and was eventually accepted on to her Art Foundation course. She worked incredibly hard to get accepted and it paid off!  

We have worked together on lots of different things including applying for student finance to help her attend uni, and we even went to visit campuses together. Erica has been through so much but she has come out the other side and is looking forward to going to university!

 

We are pleased to confirm that Erica not only received the grades she needed to go to university, but also received unconditionl offers from the universities she applied to. Erica successfully moved on from Transform and began her course in September 2017!

 

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