'Best thing I’ve done’ – Young mother praises our supported accommodation scheme31 August 2023
The young mum previously struggled with her personal and family life, but is now looking forward to the future, including studying a leadership course at university.
She said: “Staff are pretty much here for absolutely anything. They’ve helped me with applications, they’ve helped me to start a university course - which is amazing.”
The Young Parents scheme in Oxford has been run by us since 2021 and has 10 units of accommodation, supporting young parents aged 16-24 and their children for up to two years.
Jordan said: “I come from a very unstable and unsafe environment and being offered to come here has been brilliant because mentally it has helped me so much and I think it’s made my connection to my son a hell of a lot stronger as well – which is brilliant because he’s absolutely amazing.”
She added: “I pretty much gave up with everything. Social services were the ones that said they’ve got places here, and I was like do you know what I need to sort my life out basically and coming here has honestly been the best thing I’ve done.”
Jordan said she would encourage anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation to give supported accommodation a chance and not to have any negative preconceptions.
She describes services like our supported accommodation as “insanely important” to the local community and that “places like this have a bit of a stereotype, but I have never been happier.”