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Frankie lives in Depaul house, a supported hostel for young homeless people in London. The project offers accommodation and ongoing support for residents between 18 to 25 years old.
In her own words, here's Frankie's Story:
“When I was 20, my father passed away and my mum got unwell. I had to look after the house. I tried to sort out the bills, but I couldn’t clear the rent. We were given notice and asked to leave. My mum had to move into a care home.
The council referred me to temporary accommodation. In the hostel, we had to get out folding canvas beds every night. It felt like an office space and you had to be careful what you said around people.
After six weeks, I was moved to Depaul house in West London. The place had a good atmosphere and the staff were friendly. They made me laugh and feel welcome.
I was assigned a Depaul progression coach. She helped me talk things over and address feelings of anxiety and depression.
Depaul staff encouraged me to get involved with other activities. I went to a Cardboard Citizens theatre production about the mind and dealing with emotions. I also got involved in circuit training sessions with the running charity. Over time I have gained confidence and now go more regularly.
I‘ve been with Depaul since 2016, so over a year and a half. At Depaul I feel more settled. I am happier more often.
I’ve always been interested in theatre and youth work. I’d be interested in starting a career in these areas or with animals, because I love animals.”
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*The imaged used with this story is for illustration and for privacy reasons is not of the young person featured in this case study.