Nicola*, 39, from Scarborough, came to St Giles after facing eviction due to financial difficulties and getting caught up in shoplifting as a way of coping with them.

Nicola*, 39, from Scarborough, came to St Giles after facing eviction due to financial difficulties and getting caught up in shoplifting as a way of coping with them.

To ensure she had stable housing, her St Giles Caseworker referred her to North Yorkshire Horizons.  Nicola also received support for her substance abuse, became drug-free and was soon found accommodation.  The move gave Nicola the motivation to make further positive changes and by focusing on budgeting, she was able to make a comfortable home to live in and begin her new life.

Within a couple of months from her referral, Nicola reported that her emotional wellbeing had increased dramatically and she was rebuilding relationships with her family.

Nicola said:

I was about be evicted from my home as I was behind with my rent. St Giles helped me sort out my finances and budgeting as well as help me with an addiction to amphetamines – they helped me set up meetings with Narcotics Anonymous.  As my PIP has been sorted, I’ve been able to decorate and furnish my new flat. Now that I have moved away from drugs, I feel so much better in myself and I’ve got a much better relationship with my family. I can’t thank St Giles enough – my case worker Kelly is mint!”

*Name changed to protect confidentiality

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