Tanya's Story | Depaulcharity

Tanya's Story | Depaulcharity

Depaul helps people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Tanya's Story

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.

* The image used with this story is for illustration and is not of the person featured.

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