This week, we’re trying to help a 20 year old woman called Sasha, who was made homeless at 17.
Sasha had a really traumatic childhood…there was drug use in the house and regular verbal abuse from her parents. She developed extreme anxiety and started drinking heavily. The relationship with her mum completely broke down when she was 17 and she had to move out.
Sasha was homeless but eventually moved into a room in supported accommodation that helps young people with nowhere else to go. Sasha has been living there for just over a year and her support worker said she has made huge leaps. She has been seeing a counsellor, she has stopped drinking alcohol completely, and she has learnt how to budget and live independently. She's hoping to work in childcare in the future. All of this progress means she’s finally able to move out of supported accommodation (which was furnished) and into her own flat.
It’s a massive step for her. Her support worker said: “Sasha is such a lovely young lady who has had a really difficult upbringing. We would love to see her continue to thrive but she has such a small support network and is struggling to find the funds for furniture. She has been following a budget plan and is paying all of her bills on time but is still in some rent arrears which she is paying off monthly, so she has a very low income.”
We’d like to provide some furniture for Sasha’s flat, and have also set up a wishlist with some of the smaller things she needs.