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Sharon

Nightingale House is a 26 bedroom homeless hostel for families. The aim of the service is to help tackle homelessness in Cardiff by providing a temporary, safe and supportive environment to families that enables them to address issues and increase their skills and confidence in their ability to manage their future homes and lead settled and happy lives within their communities.

Sharon* was placed at Nightingale House as she was fleeing domestic abuse from her husband of 8 years. She appeared very withdrawn and quiet initially. She was allocated a support worker and began to build up trust to disclose her past experiences. Over the first few weeks she discussed the relationship she had with her husband and the sexual, financial and emotional abuse she had been subjected to. She disclosed the extent of isolation her husband had subjected her to and he would be abusive to anyone who visited them. She also said they would struggle financially as he would spend money on alcohol and he would then sell anything he could in order to get money to buy alcohol. She said that her husband was an alcoholic and by the time she came to Nightingale, she seemed mentally exhausted and very low.

Sharon was always honest about her own drinking and when she arrived at Nightingale House she advised that she hadn’t been drinking for approximately five months. She was also very open about her mental health and was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Initially she sometimes would stay in her room for days. She only came out of her room for key working or to buy food.

The staff team at Nightingale worked with Sharon using a person centred approach. She developed her own support plan which focused on the goals she wanted to achieve during her stay at Nightingale House.

Sharon advised her support worker that she was a Doctor of Maths and had completed the first year of Medicine at University. She wanted to go back in September of this year but initially was unsure whether she would be able to cope. One of the main goals was to support her with her mental health and she was steadily able to build up her confidence to attend activities and community events without the support of staff. Sharon was also supported to join the local gym and joined in on the yoga classes run at Nightingale House.

Sharon was offered temporary accommodation and moved out of Nightingale House following a three month stay. She has kept in touch and is now looking happy and healthy and is preparing herself for her second year at University. Her goal is to become a GP in the future…watch this space!

*names have been changed

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