Georgie moved into Crawley Foyer in October 2012, and has recently moved on into her own accommodation. She tells her story.
“Before I came to Crawley Foyer I was living at home with my Mum. We got on OK but not all of the time. I needed my own space and if I had stayed I think it would have ruined our relationship. It was time to stand on my own two feet and learn how to deal with money, and look after important things like paying the bills and finding work.
“I had some friends already living in the Foyer and I thought it would help me to find work and improve my life skills.
“When I first moved in I felt nervous but after a while I got used to it. I started going to the Job Club, and I benefitted from the key working sessions. The YMCA has helped me learn how to pay bills and keep on top of things.
“Now I am working full time at a travel insurance company and things have worked out really well for me. I lived at the Foyer for about 9 months, and then moved into a shared house. I was then given a one bedroom flat. And this year I was nominated to move into a brand new flat! I am very lucky to be given a beautiful brand new home, I am really grateful. Thank you to the Crawley YMCA Move On team for your support.”
Jenny Burling has worked with Georgie for about three years and says, “It has been great to see her grow in confidence and self belief. Significantly Georgie has overcome problems with self-esteem, budgeting and finding employment. She has had to deal with personal trauma in her family and friendship group and has become a confident young lady who is working full time and achieving the goals she has set herself.”
As Georgie starts this new phase of her life we wish her every success.
Photo shows Georgie collecting the keys to her new home.