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I was living with my mum and her boyfriend, but he and I didn’t get on. We kept arguing and in the end they asked me to leave. I spent a few weeks staying with friends on their sofas but knew that couldn’t last. I was struggling to keep my job, I kept missing days. (read more) I was struggling to keep my job, I kept missing days. Eventually they asked me to leave too. So there I was no money and nowhere to live.

I was living with my mum and her boyfriend, but he and I didn’t get on. We kept arguing and in the end they asked me to leave. I spent a few weeks staying with friends on their sofas but knew that couldn’t last. I was struggling to keep my job, I kept missing days. (read more) I was struggling to keep my job, I kept missing days. Eventually they asked me to leave too. So there I was no money and nowhere to live.

I came to St Clare’s and met one of the workers there. They couldn’t fit me in to one of their houses straight away but just having somewhere to have a shower, where you could get a hot meal, use the loo, made such a difference. They told me how I could get some money, so at least I could buy some food.

It is so hard to sleep at night. I stayed with a few others on the street, but it is noisy and scary. We tried to sleep out of view, but occasionally someone would find us and shout at us. Some of the others told tales of being robbed by groups of young blokes or being beaten up.

At St Clare’s they asked me about my background, I realised that some of my arguing with my mum’s boyfriend was a bit of my fault. They told me how to keep safe; they talked to me about getting in with the wrong crowd and what could happen to me if I got drunk on the street. The thing that surprised me was how other people looked at you. When you walk around with a back pack they assume you are homeless. They look at you as though you are going to attack them. I have never hit anyone in my life and I don’t intend to start now.

It was so nice when I came in to St Clare’s every morning the person on the desk called me by my name, it made me feel that someone did care.

The staff explained to me that if I was prepared to work at it and stick to the rules, there would be a space coming up at one of their hostels where I could stay at whilst I got myself back on my feet. I am due to move in tomorrow, I will be sharing a room, but just to have a warm bed and to feel safe once again will be wonderful.