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Amy Summers

A supported housing scheme in Hartlepool has provided 18-year-old Amy Summers with somewhere to call home and helped her to overcome an alcohol addiction.

Amy Summers discusses her experience at Victoria Road in Hartlepool

Amy arrived at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Victoria Road in June 2018, following a relationship breakdown with her grandparents, who she had lived with for two years after leaving her family home.

She was referred to the service, which provides support for young people who have faced homelessness or are at risk of being homeless, by the Early Help team at Hartlepool Borough Council.

Amy wanted to stop drinking alcohol regularly, find employment and develop the relevant skills to live on her own.

To help her achieve these goals, staff worked with Amy to draw up a personalised support plan, which included learning how to prepare healthy meals, attending appointments and maintaining her clothes and appearance.

On her pathway to independence, Amy has made friends with other residents and now socialises in the on-site gym and games room, which has recently opened at Victoria Road.

Amy helped to shape plans for the new gym during resident meetings by suggesting equipment she would like to use and how she wanted the room to look – helping to choose murals of musicians for the walls.

She said: “I feel that my life was a mess before I came here. I’ve come a long way and my biggest achievement has been stopping drinking daily.

“I can now look forward to my future and I’m hoping to gain employment soon. When I am ready to move on from here I know I will be supported to do so.”

The future is looking positive for Amy, who hopes to become a holiday rep when she feels able to live independently.

She is also taking part in the Dame Kelly Holmes Get on Track programme, which is being run at a number of Sanctuary Supported Living schemes across the country and aims to motivate young adults to pursue their ambitions.

“I feel that my life was a mess before I came here. I’ve come a long way and my biggest achievement has been stopping drinking daily.”

Resident, Amy Summers

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