Category: Stories of Change

Hearing the individual stories of change is the best way to find out about how our work makes a difference. Many service users come to our projects in times of real difficulty: whether fleeing from situations of abuse; struggling with substance misuse and poor mental health; or currently experiencing homelessness. Read these stories to find out about the different ways our projects have helped people to feel included and that they belong to a community, feel positive about the future by creating opportunities and aspiration, and have journeyed with people along the way. These stories of change show a snapshot of the support we've offered and how that has affected our service users. All names in the stories have been changed to ensure anonymity.

Grace’s Journey from Powerlessness to Independence

Grace* is a forty-year-old single mother to three children. Grace came to us for help as she was living in poverty with no spare income to pay the bills. With no income of her own and her ex-husband out of the country and refusing to contribute to child support, she was relying on the Child …

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Atticus’s Story

Atticus lived at the Foyer, an OAH project in Croydon, for just over one year. He had just turned 18 when he moved in.  Before moving in to the Foyer Atticus had been studying at College. He stopped going after his father left and his relationship with his mum deteriorated. He was ‘angry and manic’, …

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Lydia’s story

Two years ago, just before Christmas, Lydia and her family went on a short holiday. Returning to their flat several days later, Lydia’s partner and eldest child went to collect their luggage. Tragically, they were involved in a car accident, and both lost their lives. Two days later Lydia’s Nan, who had raised her, died …

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Katrina and Jo’s story, Oasis Aquila Bond Scheme

Katrina and Jo are two young women from Gateshead who have been living in a tenancy supported by the Oasis Aquila Bond Scheme since the end of 2014.

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Becky’s story, Elizabeth House

I was referred to Elizabeth House when I was 16 and I was 8 months pregnant.

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Peter’s story, Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence (DASV) project

Peter is a married man who was referred to our DASV project via the Gateshead Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub after the police were called to his house twice.

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Ruth’s story, Karis project

Ruth recently left the Karis Project and told the project staff some reflections on her time at Karis: “During my time at the Karis Project I have become a more independent and confident young woman.

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Kerry’s story, Naomi Project

Since moving in I have gained confidence, but I have also gained eight new friends.

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James’ story, Fair Chance Project

James was referred to the Fair Chance Project at the beginning of the year, having been evicted from supported accommodation for drug use. James also had issues around his mental health, as well as offending.

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Mary’s story, BEAT & Basis@336 project

Mary had never even had an interview before when she was told she had to find employment after several years of being too unwell to work. At the time she didn’t have a place to call home and was sofa-surfing between houses of different family and friends; she had no idea how to start looking …

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