Five years ago David became homeless in difficult family circumstances. He moved into Roundabout’s hostel at the age of 19.
From there he moved around different projects in Sheffield but David thinks Roundabout was ‘the best’! He found the staff ‘really supportive’; he says they really care and think it’s more than just a job.
But recently David became unhappy in his accommodation and was desperately looking for his own space. His mental health deteriorated and unfortunately David suffered with agoraphobia, so he found leaving the house difficult or even impossible. Bravely, he made it to Roundabout’s Homeless Prevention Centre to seek help.
There the staff and volunteers helped David discuss all of his options. Several referrals and appeals were made and the staff helped him make decisions about his finances. Without Roundabout David thinks he would have ‘panicked about the situation and never would have been able to do anything about it.’
But with Roundabout’s help David was able to secure his own property: ‘I’m currently very happy…I can see the cows from my window, it’s like a picture. I know the milk from the cows I can see is the milk on my Corn Flakes in the morning!’
David now receives support from Roundabout Supporting Tenants. His support worker is Helen (pictured) who he describes as ‘my fairy godmother, she’s ridiculously helpful – I could have done with her help when I first became homeless!’
With your help young people like David can go from an unlucky start in life to being able to stand on their own two feet.
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