Our impact series stories

The people we work with come from all different backgrounds, situations and ages. Our approach is not one-size-fits-all. We work with each person as an individual, helping them realise their future goals. Read the stories of some of them here.

Jane’s Story

When Jane first came into contact with us, she was living in a hostel and struggling with mental health issues, including bi-polar disorder, anxiety and panic attacks. Alongside this, she had significant substance abuse issues. A recent prison leaver, she …

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Chrissy’s story

People we’ve helped create a positive ripple and often inspire others they know to make similar changes. This was the case with Chrissy who contacted us after seeing her friend complete her Peer Advisor training at our Camberwell office.  Chrissy …

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Hendrick’s story

Our team took a call regarding Hendrick, a 16 year old from London who had been missing for over a month. He had been discovered over 300 miles away in a drug den during a police raid. The local authority …

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Anton’s Story

Serious violence against young people can rob them of their futures. When Sonya, our caseworker Royal London Hospital Trauma Caseworker, first met 23 year old Anton he had been the innocent victim of a drive by shooting which had left …

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Marcel’s Story

Prison leavers can face a host of setbacks when they try to look for work and it can be a long and difficult time. With the help of the Peer Advisor Programme, Marcel was able to gain new skills, find …

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Colin’s story

Andrew describes his work with Colin who needed help to increase his confidence after battling depression and anxiety. “I came in to contact with Colin in November 2016 when he was referred to me by his Job Centre Coach. Colin …

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Janine’s story

An abusive relationship and the poverty she experienced as a result of it drove Janine to commit benefit fraud for which she received a suspended sentence. Isolated from her family and friends, she had no money for essentials such as …

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Joseph’s story

Joseph is a newly qualified Peer Advisor from our Peer Circles project who has been receiving the Covid-19 Crisis Fund Support, as well as additional help with utilities and food to make sure he’s able to self-isolate. He had just …

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Lucy’s story

Lucy worked shifts in a catering company before she was effectively made redundant since her agency can currently only provide jobs for key workers. This landed her in a tricky position, as she’d just moved into new accommodation in the …

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Rashpal’s story

The lockdown and surrounding endless news cycle can be damaging to our clients mental health, with uncertainty and fear in high supply. Peer Circle caseworkers have extensive cases, sometimes as many as 30, and this number has increased with lockdown. …

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Sarah’s story

Sarah is 19 years old and had been sofa surfing for the last five months. With the Covid pandemic, she’s been unable to do so with the risk it poses to friends and family. She’s also been suffering from PTSD …

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Mel’s Story

More than anything else in her life, Mel wants to cook food which puts a smile on people’s faces. Cooking gave her solace in overcoming the trauma of an abusive relationship.  So when, back in February, we helped her find …

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Anton’s Story

We first met 23 year old Anton he had been the innocent victim of a drive by shooting which had left him blinded. Although he had not been the intended target, he was friends with the person who was.We first …

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Janine’s Story

An abusive relationship and the poverty she experienced as a result of it drove Janine to commit benefit fraud for which she received a suspended sentence. Isolated from her family and friends, she had no money for essentials such as …

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Hendrick’s Story

Our team took a call regarding Hendrick, a 16 year old from London who had been missing for over a month. He had been discovered over 300 miles away in a drug den during a police raid. The local authority …

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Chrissy’s story

Chrissy contacted us after seeing her friend complete her Peer Advisor training at our Camberwell office. Chrissy had been through a traumatic past, experiencing abuse and depression which had led her to turn to drugs. Chrissy contacted us after seeing …

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Jane’s Story

When Jane first came into contact with the Footsteps Team, she was living in a hostel and struggling with mental health issues, including bi-polar disorder, anxiety and panic attacks. Alongside this, she had significant substance abuse issues.When Jane first came …

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