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Adam feels as if his life is back on an even keel after a bereavement, after scoring a competition win and the one-to-one support he’s received from his support workers at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Victoria Road.

Victoria Road, Hartlepool, homelessness, Resident Adam and staff member Dave WilsonLiverpool supporters Adam and Dave

The 21-year-old arrived at the supported housing service for 16 to 25 year olds in 2019, following a breakdown in the family home. Adam has autism and following the sad loss of his mother he’d been struggling to find a sense of normality and reasons to smile as he dealt with the grief.

Adam’s support Worker, Dave Wilson, shares his passion for Liverpool Football Club (LFC) and they talk about the team most evenings, which has helped Adam to concentrate on other things rather than his grief.

Dave decided to help lift Adam’s spirits by encouraging him to enter a Liverpool Football Club competition. The duo designed a unique all-time team of LFC players and Adam was thrilled to win a goody bag with items including a flag, scarf and drinks bottle.

Adam said; “I entered the competition as a bit of fun and just for something to do with Dave one evening while we were having a cuppa and a chat. I never thought I would actually win.  I was really excited but also shocked as I have never won a competition before!”

Support Worker, Dave, added: “Both Adam and myself are big Liverpool fans and it’s always a pleasure to chat to him about our favourite team and I think it’s helped during those tougher moments. I may have given him a few ideas for his dream line-up, but the team he entered was all his own work. Adam’s confidence has really come on in leaps and bounds since we began supporting him and his confidence has really grown”.

Adam’s confidence has really come on in leaps and bounds since we began supporting him

Dave Wilson, Support Worker

Victoria Road is a supported housing service which provides accommodation and support to young people aged 16 to 25, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Staff provide residents with personalised support, which may include learning how to cook, clean, manage their finances or find meaningful work or educational opportunities, so that they can one day live independently.

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