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It all started with my dad, we had a toxic relationship. He was quite abusive, and one night, that landed me in a situation where it escalated, and I just couldn’t live with him any more. I haven’t had a stable place I could call home for almost two years but at The Y I feel settled and I can just go up and talk to the staff about anything and I know this is a safe place.

When I started working it felt like I was being punished. I’m trying to work out the balance between not working too much – but working enough. It also really links in with how you feel as a person and with your mental health. You could be panicking about not meeting your rent and electric payments, stuff like that. Having something to fall back on like the bursary means you wouldn’t need to stress out so much.

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