Liam, a young man who has been supported by Changing Lives over the last year, has overcome significant challenges to earn himself a place at university to study clinical psychology.

Last year Liam moved into one of our supported accommodation projects for young people with experience of homelessness, following a family relationship breakdown.

He faced challenges throughout his childhood and suffers with PTSD, anxiety and depression. Liam began using alcohol as a coping mechanism, which led to him facing financial debt as a result.

When Liam first started working with Changing Lives, our team focused on building a trusting relationship. Liam needed 24-hour intense support in order to start making positive changes. Today, through his own hard work, Liam is in a very different place.

After disclosing to staff that he had been a victim of abuse as a child, Liam was offered counselling. He also accessed drug and alcohol services and received support from a financial advisor. As Liam started to feel more confident in facing his challenges, he was able to return to his studies.

Today, Liam is looking forward to starting his university course in Clinical Psychology. He has now moved out of Changing Lives’ accommodation into his own place at university. His long term aspiration is to become a counsellor and help others the way his counsellor has helped him.

We are extremely proud of all Liam has achieved and the barriers he has overcome. His story is a true inspiration to anyone that is facing difficulties in life and we know that he is going to have a bright future ahead of him.

Changing Lives provides specialist support for young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness aged 16-25, with support to build life-skills, access education and find employment. To find out more about our Housing Homelessness services please see here.

*names have been changed to protect the identity of the people who access our services.

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