"Support from Southdown has saved my life. I can see a future, I can see an existence"

Artwork from MyKey client

That butterfly represents my ex-Floating Support Officer - the positivity and guidance that I received. In a sense she was my torch walking through these woodlands at night. And without that torch I wouldn’t have got anywhere.

Quite honestly it was a memory. A memory of being so lost, confused, so messed up. It’s all about hurdles – broken trees and stumps everywhere.

That butterfly represents my ex-Floating Support Officer - the positivity and guidance that I received. In a sense she was my torch walking through these woodlands at night. And without that torch I wouldn’t have got anywhere.

Support from Southdown has saved my life. I can see a future, I can see an existence.

It was the one-to-one personalised support that made a difference. I’m more positive in myself. I wake up every day happy.

I started to learn how to draw in order to help my mum through her own therapy and recovery process. Drawing with her was a way of me connecting with her at the time.

Over the following 16 years, I drew and doodled. But it was only when I got my flat I started to draw again. I wanted to find something I could do. In my own drug and alcohol recovery I just found I had so much time, so much pain – art helped fill that void.

Every stroke, every dot is releasing a pain, it’s like releasing another memory.

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.