Marley's story

Transform has taught me that I matter in this world...

I was on a psychiatric ward for several years in my early 20s and lost contact with my friends and immediate family. I sofa surfed with people I barely knew, taking my belongings with me. I ended up going back to hospital as somewhere safe to stay. Then my social worker told me I could live with Transform, with other people who were in a similar position. I jumped at the chance.

I was on a psychiatric ward for several years and lost contact with my friends and family.

When I came to Transform I had nothing, but my Transform support worker helped me to get furniture. I didn't know the area so she showed me where the shops were and walked the route with me. She helped me to get a bus pass, showed me which bus to take, and made the journey with me until I felt comfortable doing it alone.

What Transform offers is more than just a flat: they also provide life-building skills. When I moved to my own flat, I had never lived alone. My keyworker reassured me and helped me to get used to my own company. By talking to my support worker I improved my communication skills. I finally found my voice again and the confidence to use it. Having that foundation upon which all other skills could grow was life-changing.

Transform enables me to live in my own property and feel independent, while also being supported.

Transform enables me to live in my own property and feel independent, while also being supported. I know the staff are only a phone call away. I am kept involved in any decision-making process, and I have always been treated with dignity and respect. Transform has taught me that I matter in this world.

Marley is now due to move on from Transform, into her own flat.

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