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Chloe Aston

A single mother from Banbury is preparing to step out on the road to independence after turning her life around with the help of support workers.

Chloe Aston

Chloe Aston, 20, has overcome emotionally unstable personality disorder, as well as being diagnosed with autism, to successfully enrol on a healthcare course at college.

She is then hoping to attend Oxford Brookes University to study for a career as a nurse, specialising in postoperative care.

But she says all of this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of project worker Olena Baeva at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Rachel House.

Unable to stay in her family home after becoming pregnant with her son Stanley in 2015, due to overcrowding, Chloe moved to Rachel House, which provides self-contained flats for young parents and their children.

There she received support for her mental health needs, developed her parenting skills and was assisted with day-to-day activities such as cleaning and washing clothes.

Over time, Chloe’s self-confidence improved and she was able to talk to fellow residents and increase her social circle.

With Olena’s help, Chloe volunteered as a fundraiser for Banbury charity Keep the Horton General, which campaigns against proposed cuts to the hospital, and gave her time as a poll clerk during council elections, supervising a team counting the votes.

As her independence increased, Chloe moved from Rachel House to the adjacent Dashwood House, which gave her more freedom, to the point where she is now ready to move into a place of her own with Stanley, who will be three in December.

Chloe said: “My goal was always to get back into education and then return to full-time work and none of this would have been possible without the support of Olena.

“She has gone above and beyond to support me during the time I have lived at Rachel House, as have all members of staff. I am really thankful to everyone here who has supported me through what has been a very long and tough journey for me.

“At the start, I didn’t really talk to anyone because I was the only pregnant girl here, and also because I was an only child, but I have made a few acquaintances and I am now confident to speak to anyone and help those who need it.”

Entering the next chapter in her life, Chloe added: “It will benefit my son a lot and it will give me a lot more room to study. I cannot wait to pop back in and see everyone when I have completed college and go off to university.

“I am really looking forward to it, but at the same time I don’t want to leave because I have built up a really good relationship with the people here.”

“I am so proud of what Chloe has achieved and while we will be sad to see her leave, we know she is ready to be independent and has a bright future ahead of her.””

Project worker Olena Baeva

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