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Farid Neshat

An Afghan refugee who made the difficult decision to leave his home country at the age of 16 now has his independence, thanks to the support from Sanctuary Supported Living staff in Ipswich.

Ex supported living resident, Farid, is looking forward to a bright future

Farid Neshat arrived in the UK from Afghanistan as an asylum seeker when he was just 16, having left his home country to escape the war. It was a difficult decision to leave by himself and he arrived with limited life skills, facing what felt like an insurmountable language and cultural barrier.

Before arriving at Berners Street, part of Sanctuary Supported Living’s Ipswich Homelessness Supported Housing, Farid was living in bed and breakfast emergency accommodation and was referred to the service by his local authority social worker. He moved into a shared flat and the team put together a support plan to set out how they would guide and support him, and work with other agencies to do so.

Designed to meet his specific needs, the plan included goals set around daily living skills, managing his tenancy, and training and education, including enrolling him onto an ESOL English language course.

During his time living at the service, Farid built a positive relationship with staff and made friends. The person-centred support he received helped him build his confidence and he even began working part-time in a local shop.

Now, aged 21, Farid has moved into his own flat in Ipswich and is looking forward to a bright future.

I was never judged and was able to make the progress I needed to move on into independence and a place of my own.

Farid Neshat, former resident

Farid said, “Sanctuary Supported Living gave me the independence and the support I needed at the right time in my life. Even though my language wasn’t great, the staff supported me in every way they could to ensure that I understood and felt comfortable and at home.

“I was never judged and was able to make the progress I needed to move on into independence and a place of my own”.

Candace Hockley, Local Service Manager at Berners Street, said, “Farid was very anxious when he arrived but we were pleased to provide him with the support and security he needed to get through a difficult time in his life and we’re delighted that he’s gone on to live independently in the community.”

For more information about Sanctuary Supported Living’s services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, see our latest news or find a service near you.

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