My message to those who are going through what I went through is about self-loathing, that you don’t have to hate yourself. I’m happier than I have ever been.I’m an independent woman standing on my own two feet, taking part in something quite extraordinary.
An opportunity came up for me to become a peer mentor, and I grew in leaps and bounds. I could be hostile and angry, but the project accepted me at my worst. It made me begin to like myself more. I discovered a purpose in life and could
help turn others around.
I've had loads of support for my wellbeing, both physically and mentally, and am preparing to move on, having saved up the deposit I needed. BHT has turned my life around and I thank everyone involved for their care and
support in my time of trouble.
The thought of losing our home just before Christmas was heart breaking, but we had already prepared for the worst, telling the children that we may not be in our family home for Christmas this year.We really can’t thank our adviser enough for what she did for us that day. She was so calm and understanding at a time when we thought we were about to
lose so much.
I love the way that my worker is always nagging me and waking me up at 7am to get me to go somewhere and do something. She is always embarrassing me by sharing stories with workers in other services about what I am achieving and how I am changing.They want to congratulate me! We work really well together and I hope she will stick with me through rehab.
When Sarah came into one of our advice centres in February 2015, she was street homeless and suffering from several mental and physical health conditions, exacerbated by a recent operation.Without access to a housing solicitor, funded by the Legal Aid Agency, Sarah would have remained street homeless and her physical and mental health would have continued to deteriorate.
My confidence has increased and I’ve achieved more than I ever imagined I would in this space of time. I would recommend the Intern Programme to anyone who’s serious about getting back to work.A month before the end of my placement, I was encouraged to apply for a full time project worker post. After a great interview I was offered the job!
I was a mess when I first went to First Base. I would sleep in the day and walk around at night, scared of being stabbed.
First Base is the backbone of Brighton. Everything for rough sleepers evolves around it. Without First Base nothing would work. It’s the first point for someone with nothing and nothing to lose, the first step to reintegrate into society.
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In 2015 75 walkers braved a gale and hail to raise over £2,000 for BHT’s Advice centres in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. We now need to raise even more so we can help sustain these local advice agencies.