ARE YOU HOMELESS, SOFA SURFING OR AT RISK?

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Lianne's story

When Lianne was little, her stepdad was a drinker. He'd always tell her she was in the way. Then, her mum died, and things got worse.

Not only was she dealing with the loss, her stepdad said she had to 'pay her way' in his house. He made her do terrible things she didn't want to do - so she left. She was just 17 when she became homeless.

homelessness gave her nightmares

When Lianne was little, her stepdad was a drinker. He'd always tell her she was in the way. Then, her mum died, and things got worse.

Not only was she dealing with the loss, her stepdad said she had to 'pay her way' in his house. He made her do terrible things she didn't want to do - so she left.

She was just 17 when she became homeless.

'There were lots of scary people about. I still have nightmares.’

Thankfully, Lianne was able to get a room at Centrepoint. 'It’s safe here, and people want to help me. They’ve taught me how to apply for jobs, plan for the future.’

These days things are looking brighter. Her key worker has helped her get back into education and she’s found a career path that she’s really passionate about - she's studying to become a midwife. None of this could have happened without the safety and security of a Centrepoint room.

'For the first time I’ve started to believe things might be ok. But I was lucky. There are still thousands of young people who desperately need somewhere safe.’

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