Taking Control

Read Hannah’s story on how she finally began taking control of her own life with the support of Moving On. Please note name’s have been changed to protect the privacy of the individual. 

“I was a care leaver living in County Durham and it was time to decide where I was going to live next. I had a really good relationship with my social worker and we talked about different housing options. My social worker suggested exploring supported accommodation because I had never lived on my own before, and support was still readily available if I needed it. At the time, I was 17 and living on my own without any type of support seemed scary.

My social worker set me up meetings with various housing providers, and we talked about their supported housing options. We had a meeting with Moving On and from that meeting I felt at ease as I got to meet the support worker I could be working with. This was a nice change and we seemed to get along pretty well despite only meeting for a short time.

After talking it through with my social worker, I decided I wanted to be housed with Moving On, and I was eventually accepted onto their services. A move in date was agreed and my social worker took me to my new home where I was greeted by my support worker and another member of staff from the housing management team. We went through my induction pack and discussed what support I would be receiving from Moving On.

As this was my first tenancy, I was supported to develop my practical skills, such as how to set up my utility bills, how to budget, cook and clean. I had some idea of how to get along, but talking it though with someone and being able to ask questions without feeling embarrassed was reassuring to me. As part of my tenancy, there were times when repairs would need reporting to the Moving On office. My support worker encouraged me to contact the office myself, as opposed to relying on someone else to do it for me. Doing so allowed me to grow as a person as I proved to myself that I was capable of doing things on my own.

It was then time to consider what I was going to do after college. I talked to my support worker about it, discussing my eagerness to join a university in the North East, so I completed my UCAS application. After submitting my application form, I received confirmation that I had been accepted into two universities in the North East of England. As you can imagine, I was over the moon with the news!

I talked it through with my support worker as I was unsure which place to accept. I visited both universities with my support worker, and they suggested to make a list of pros and cons for each university before making a final decision. After weeks of deciding, I finally made a decision, and accepted one of the offers. I start this September and I cannot wait! I already have my accommodation secured on campus and I am looking forward to starting this next chapter in my life!.”

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