Today is Starts at Home Day which recognises the value of care and support services and the difference that having a safe and secure place to live can make to people’s lives. Suzy Bamgbose Manages Greenbank, our supported housing for homeless young people in Trafford. She explains what our supported housing schemes provide and the difference we’re making.
“Greenbank provides supported housing for homeless young people in Trafford so it’s no surprise that residents who come to us have faced their fair share of challenging times and face barriers that they believe are not possible to overcome.
Working here gives me the opportunity to make a difference for these young people, not just while they are with us, but also for their future. Residents can come to Greenbank at the age of 16 and from then we support them to develop independent living skills, build their personal resilience and instil confidence and belief so that they are able to move on into the community successfully – that’s the goal.
One young lady who I was fortunate to work with came to Greenbank when she was just 16 due to a family breakdown. I worked with her until she was 18 and was able to support her into her dream career and a home of her own. During the two years I worked with her she faced many struggles. She suffered with anxiety and formed unhealthy relationships with others due to past traumas in her life.
Her dream was to be in the police force. I supported her to get her foot in the door and work experience in this area. We worked together on her wellbeing, relationship building and overall confidence through weekly one to one sessions and personal development workshops.
After a year, a vacancy came up for an apprenticeship at the local police headquarters. I supported her through the application process which was very involved. This did not put her off and she became more determined than ever and secured the role. The apprenticeship gave her hope and she continued to strive for more whilst her confidence and belief in herself grew. Over the next six months, she secured her own property and was able to live independently in the community.
Greenbank was a massive part of this young woman’s journey and the support we provide doesn’t stop when residents move out. Support is always on hand once people move on. This young women often still contacts me to check in and update me on how she is getting on which is amazing to hear.
I believe that we achieve the best outcomes through the rapport we build with our young people. I know that supported housing has a real and lasting impact on improving the lives of so many in our communities and that’s what I love most about my job.”