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Charity No: 1067127          Patron Ken Loach

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Doorways Success Stories

We would like to show you that the appropriate areas and levels of support can change young people's lives. The names in these stories have been changed to protect the identities of the resident.

Story 1

Mums house

I lived here with my family and I was very happy and settled until my relationship with my mum broke down. After many arguments she told me to leave. I left late one night; I was scared and didn’t know where to go.

My friend’s house

My friend took me in; I slept on her sofa as she only has 2 bedrooms and didn’t want her children disrupted.  I found it hard living here as it was always chaotic and busy and it never felt like my home.  I tried not to stay here all the time as I didn’t want to outstay my welcome.

My Auntie’s house

Over the next few months, I stayed with my auntie for three nights every week, and the other four nights with other friends and family friends.  It was alright here because my Auntie looked after me, but the overcrowding in her house meant it was usually very messy and I didn't have my own space.

Local Council Visit

I came here to see a Housing Options Advisor because I was homeless and needed help.  The lady was unable to help, however she was able to refer me to Doorway.


One of the Housing Needs Advisors saw me and was very friendly; she talked to me about what had happened and asked me lots of questions, explaining that this would help Doorway to offer me the correct advice.  She told me I would go on a waiting list and Doorway would contact me when a property was available.

First home

One day I got a phone call from Doorway saying there was a one-bedroom flat available in an area that was only 5 mins walk away from the town centre!  I went to look at this with the same lady I had met and this made me feel confident to ask questions.  I was nervous as a flat of my own was a massive responsibility and something I had no experience of!   

This was my first ever independent tenancy.  It meant a lot to me because I could finally escape the homelessness and stop relying on other people all the time.  Although I was scared and excited all at the same time, I knew that I would get help and could stop feeling like I was a burden to my friends. I finally had my own independence!  My Housing Support Worker was really helpful in setting me up and helping me manage my money once I moved in and I managed really well.

Next home

My partner and I were housed after my Housing Support Worker helped us to register on the councils Uchoose website.  We bid on several properties and were lucky to be offered this one.  I was excited about moving in here as I knew that with the skills I have learnt over the past few months I will be able to manage the tenancy and build a good life.  I have rebuilt the relationship with my mum and life is now much better than I could have hoped for when I first left home on that dark night.

Story 2

Since I have received Doorways support, I have become a very confident person and am able to express my views and feelings more than I have ever done before.  I became involved with Doorway when I was 17 years old, this was due to the reason my mother got herself and all of my siblings evicted from our home, due to the fact she stopped paying the bills as she became an alcoholic.

Since that point Doorway has helped me in every way possible to help me achieve an independent lifestyle, helped me within myself i.e. independence, self-esteem and help me believe in myself.

I have been through quite a lot since I have been receiving support. I was very shy and would never open up to my Support Worker but by meeting me regularly I overcame this.  My support worker also helped me with:

I can’t thank my Support Worker and Doorway enough for the service they have provided for me and all of the other young people they support.  I think it’s a great service that Doorway provides.

I started off being homeless, had no confidence, no self-esteem, felt very vulnerable, an easily misled teenager, to a young women, with two beautiful children, a house, independence, a lot of confidence, a lot of self-esteem and I am now married to my partner of nearly 3 years. I have created a website for the course I attended to help them get funding and they said I could have a job as a business development manager.

I hope I can help or work with Doorway in some way now or in the future.  I have a lot of respect for all of the team and they should keep up the good work.

Thank you again to all of the Doorway staff!