"Never listen to people who say you can't do something"

Independent Living Scheme Client

I live in a one bedroom housing association flat. It’s good living on my own, I can choose when I go to bed, when I make tea, when I go out. I know I won’t get moaned at!

Never listen to people who say you can’t do something. Don’t listen to doubters. Now I know things are possible it makes me feel better about myself.

I left my parents’ house in 2012 and ever since then it’s been alright. I’m surprised how well I’ve done.

I live in a one bedroom housing association flat. It’s good living on my own, I can choose when I go to bed, when I make tea, when I go out. I know I won’t get moaned at!

I knew I would need some support to manage the tenancy.

At one stage I used to have visits from the Floating Support Officers. I’ve been impressive in showing what I can do independently – paying bills, enquiries with utilities, and getting food.

The Floating Support Officers would help and go through letters with me if I didn’t understand. They would try their best to support me. I needed the support because I wasn’t overly confident.

Sometimes the only struggle is when I get a bit low, when you want to talk to someone about your thoughts. Now I call a friend, open up, and talk about how I feel inside. In the past I didn’t tell my family about how I felt. I thought my Dad had his own problems to deal with. Now it’s better, we talk more to each other.

The West Sussex Homelessness Prevention Partnership (WSHPP) is an integrated service that offers a dynamic way of working, greatly benefiting multi-disciplinary teams and their clients, by providing a combination of pre-tenancy support, supported accommodation and floating support as well as some new and innovative targeted services for people at risk of homelessness.