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Tanya tells her story in her own words
I was 17 years old when my mother asked me to leave, well, kicked me out, of the family home. We were arguing continually and it was a situation that neither of us could cope with.
I felt like no one believed in me. I had no confidence, low self-esteem and suffered with anxiety and depression. At first I slept on people’s sofas, then I stayed in a hostel or two, but I wasn’t ready to be responsible. I didn’t think that I needed to. I felt like: "Why should I bother if no one else does?" I got into debt, I didn’t keep appointments and I wasn’t motivated.
I moved to a shared house but it wasn’t working for me. I wasn’t taking responsibility for cleaning, paying my bills. I wasn’t getting on with my support worker and I didn’t keep to any of our appointments.
Soon I got into debt with my rent. I needed help and support to deal with everything but I felt like no one was listening to me.
Then, a Depaul service opened in my area. I met with one of their support workers, told them about my situation, and for the first time I thought "someone is actually listening to me!" I told them I had started a work placement and they gave me encouragement and told me I was doing really well.
I am doing really well with Depaul, I have moved into my own flat and I have a new Depaul key worker who I get on with and meet regularly. After completing my placement I have been taken on permanently as a part-time worker in the maintenance team.
Now I am paying my rent and no longer in debt. I am motivated and happy, and soon I will be moving to my own home. At Depaul I have been encouraged and believed in. They have made such a difference in my life.
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