I arrived at the YMCA following the breakdown of a long-term relationship. I had lost everything – my home, my job, my best friend – everything that I had worked towards. I had even lost my confidence. When I first arrived at the YMCA, all I needed was a bed and a roof, a safe place where I could take time to get myself back together. The staff team was helpful and supportive without being intrusive and I was able to use the time to rebuild relationships with my family.
Once I had overcome the shock of the loss, I started looking for work. I knew what I wanted to do and set my sights firmly on my goal. Again the support team at the YMCA was great – encouraging me without treading on my dreams and aspirations. I eventually found the job that I had been looking for and have now been working full-time for a number of months. It is hard work, and long hours, but I am determined to get myself back into a place of my own as quickly as I can.
Moving into the new building at the YMCA was amazing; the rooms provide everything that anyone could want – an en-suite bathroom, comfortable bed, wardrobe, desk and even a fridge. Six rooms share a kitchen/dining area which helps stop anyone from becoming isolated. It’s a great space to sit and chat with support workers and other residents, where some of the younger ones can learn how to cook – and how to clean up after themselves!
Over the last year, I have experienced a huge learning curve, one which I wouldn’t want anyone to go through. I learnt first-hand how quickly everything can be taken from you and I am so thankful that the YMCA was there. I’m not sure where I would have ended up without them.
* Name changed to protect their identity