Amy became homeless following a breakdown in the relationship with her mum and was referred to CCP’s supported accommodation as she wanted help to “get control of her life and circumstances”.

On arriving at supported housing, Amy not only had a number of debts but there were also serious concerns around her mental health. Having suffered domestic abuse by an ex-partner, Amy had a continuous pattern of unhealthy relationships that seemed to seriously put her at risk and impact her mental health.

To support her needs, CCP staff worked with Amy to create a personal plan and to learn to budget, allowing her to begin paying off her debts. Amy also attended life skills sessions run by staff, as it was essential for her to learn how to care for herself, to find better coping strategies and to understand more about unhealthy relationships and abuse. Staff also helped Amy access mental health services, attended counselling sessions with her, and offered their time if she ever needed support.

Twelve months later, Amy is now living independently and is continuing to engage with counselling to support her mental health. Following staff support in rebuilding Amy’s relationship with her mum, the two now have regular contact. Amy is enjoying her new role as a waitress, and has expressed her happiness at finally feeling more hopeful, thanks to all the support she has received.