Nineteen year old Jade is a bright, radiant and confident young person. Jade has been living in Roundabout’s hostel since the start of 2016 and we’re very pleased how far she has come since the beginning of the year.
Having grown up in Leicester, she moved to Sheffield four years ago to be closer to other family members. She was unable to live with her immediate family due to complex issues, so moved in with her grandparents. However, the relationship she was in at the time turned very sour and she found herself trapped in a violent environment. Knowing she needed to leave for the safety of both herself and her grandparents, Jade decided to end the relationship and move out.
Finding herself homeless with nowhere safe to go, Jade slept rough for a few nights before approaching Howden House in Sheffield. Here, she declared herself as ‘homeless’ to the council who referred her to Roundabout for help. She was already aware of our charity and what we do, as her friend had also used our services. She moved into our emergency hostel where she has her own bedroom, en-suite and a key worker to provide her with support, tailored to her needs.
“It can be lonely here at times, even though there are always people around,” she admits. “But the good thing is there’s always someone willing to listen and help me. Staff really care and I absolutely love it here.”
Jade has a clear determination to want to improve her life and become self-dependent. She has shown great enthusiasm and has attended several ‘life skills’ sessions at the hostel where she has gained important knowledge to help increase her independence, such as learning how to budget and manage her money.
“I’ve become much more responsible since I moved here,” she explains. “I’ve learned a lot about how I can take care of myself. When I arrived, I couldn’t even use a washing machine!”
Proving she is dedicated to gaining independence, Jade has been doing a course at college and has also been applying for jobs. She has just passed her driving theory test and soon will be applying to move into her own accommodation.
“By attending life skills sessions at the hostel I’ve received lots of vouchers as a reward,” explains Jade. “I’ve saved them all up so I can start to furnish my own flat when I get one!”
Jade is also part of our Peer Education Service at Roundabout. As a young person who has experienced homelessness, she visits secondary schools across the city to raise awareness of youth homelessness and why it can occur and inform them of local services that are available to help with problems at home. Being a Peer Educator has meant a lot to Jade, as being able to speak about her experiences and reflect on how Roundabout has helped her has made her consider being a youth worker in the future!
“The staff at Roundabout have done so much for me and have really encouraged me to improve my life,” beams Jade. “I’ll always be grateful to them for the help they gave me when I needed it the most and would love to be able to help young people myself one day in a similar role”.
We are so happy with Jade’s progress and her success so far, and are looking forward to seeing her flourish in the future.
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