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Tina Offord

A move to supported accommodation has helped Tina to rebuild her confidence and take on new challenges including volunteering part-time at a local charity. She is now looking forward to the next chapter in her life.

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Tina moved to Sanctuary Supported Living’s Hyde Gardens in Eastbourne, a supported housing service for people with mental health needs, in September 2019, following a long period of homelessness and sofa surfing. When she first moved to the service, Tina was struggling with a long-term mental health diagnosis and had never had a tenancy of her own. With support from the staff team, Tina made the adjustment to living alone and started to develop the skills needed to live independently.

Tina has had a lot to deal with throughout her life and despite all the barriers she’s come up against, she maintained a deep desire to change her life. The team knew that, with the right support in a safe space, she could do so for the better.

Tina has used her time at Hyde Gardens to its fullest and recently embarked on a series of challenges organised by local charity 'Glove Up for Good', which encourages people to train and enjoy boxing. The charity has been running monthly challenges to raise money for another charity called 'Fegans', which helps families in crisis, victims of child abuse, domestic violence and people with mental health needs.

Staff encouraged Tina to take part in several challenges, including walking 26 miles from Eastbourne to Brighton, as well as walking the Surrey Three Peaks in one day. Tina’s biggest achievement to date has been trekking the three highest mountain peaks in the UK - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. Tina really enjoyed the experience of visiting these places, whilst achieving her goal and raising money for a worthy cause at the same time. Regular support and encouragement from staff and family has given Tina the self confidence and belief to realise her potential.

Tina has since taken up boxing training to keep fit and boost her mental and physical health, and the group has recently offered her a voluntary job running the reception area and cleaning at their brand-new gym. She hopes to gain enough experience there to obtain a paid job role in the near future.

Following her success, Tina is now looking to move on from supported accommodation and live independently in her own flat, which will enable her to have her 14-year-old daughter to stay over at weekends. Tina is looking forward to the rest of her life and the new and exciting challenges it will bring.

Moving into Hyde Gardens was one of the best things that could have happened to me.

Tina, resident at Hyde Gardens

Tina said: ““Moving into Hyde Gardens was one of the best things that could have happened to me. With support and guidance from staff, I have been able to become a better mum to my daughter and build up my confidence to take part in charity work and boxing training. So much has changed in my life and all for the better.”

Support Worker, Jo Roberts said: “The team at Hyde Gardens is exceptionally proud of Tina and everything she has achieved, and we’re looking forward to seeing her move on and continue to thrive.”

For more information about Sanctuary Supported Living’s services for people with mental health needs, see our latest news or find a service near you.

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