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Sam Pullen

A former resident at a Sanctuary Supported Living homeless service in Ipswich, is proud to have moved on and be living independently in the community.

Resident, Sam Pullen, gives a thumbs up

Sam Pullen, then aged 18, moved into Berners Street, part of Ipswich Homelessness Supported Housing in Christmas 2018.

While living at the service, Sam had the opportunity to learn the different life skills needed to eventually manage independently, including money management, maintaining a tenancy and looking after his self-contained one bedroom flat. The Berners Street team also worked with him to create a personalised support plan, which helped him to work towards establishing and achieving his personal goals.

He quickly grew in confidence and went on to complete both Diploma Level 2 and 3 in carpentry and passed his driving test. He then went on to secure a permanent job at a large DIY store.

Thanks to the team supporting him with the research and application process, Sam found a new flat in the local area, less than two years after moving to Berners Street. He now looks back fondly at his time in supported housing, but is also thrilled to have his own place and independence.

He said, “It was somewhat overwhelming leaving Berners Street as the accommodation and the support given by the staff is brilliant. But it gave me the opportunity to be stable for a period of time and helped me to gain the necessary skills to focus on the future and the goals that I want to achieve.”

It was somewhat overwhelming leaving Berners Street as the accommodation and the support given by the staff is brilliant.

Sam, former resident at Berners Street

Candace Hockley, Deputy Local Service Manager at Berners Street, said, “The whole team is so proud of Sam and how far he has progressed in a relatively short amount of time. He’s a great example of what homeless young people and adults can achieve, given the right accommodation and support.” 

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