Tam is a former Centrepoint service user. Her story of homelessness began when her family discovered her sexuality. After coming out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, some family members became uncomfortable, and eventually asked her to leave home.
Tam received support from Centrepoint in Manchester and benefited greatly from Centrepoint's sports programmes.
Adam’s* father subjected him to abuse as a child. When his Dad was imprisoned a decade ago, he faced emotional abuse from his mum who constantly criticised him. Last year, she suddenly threw him out of the family home, leaving Adam feeling as if his life was over.
Forced to live in his car, Adam was unable to keep up his job and had to drop out of university, which left him feeling so desperate he attempted suicide.
Centrepoint found Adam a home, and a GP, where he received a diagnosis for depression and got the help he needed. They have also found Adam a psychiatrist, enabling him to talk about the abuse he suffered at home for the first time in his life. Adam now lives in shared accommodation, he’s back at work and is planning to return to university to complete his studies.
Jordan, 24, has struggled with homelessness for the past three years, and spent eight months on the streets in 2019. Centrepoint have provided Jordan with a support worker, drug counsellor and mental health worker as well as offering him the opportunity to get involved with arts and drama programmes, which he says have made a huge impact on his life. He is now living in supported housing and has recently secured an audition to study drama at college.
Following years of physical and emotional abuse growing up, Catalina*, 19, fled her family home amid threats of a forced marriage. After going to the police, she was referred to the Homelessness Prevention Service at Centrepoint and they were able to find her temporary accommodation, provide her with a counsellor and link her up with external agencies who could also support her.
Following a traumatic experience at home, Clare felt she had to leave. She approached the Centrepoint advice centre in Manchester and they were able to find her accommodation.
She is now living in one of Centrepoint’s’ Move Through’ properties and finally feeling settled. She has just started a job as a support worker for the council.