“What I needed the most was a friendly smile, someone to ask if I was okay and help me realise that I can achieve anything. Rachel was that person for me and I’ll always be so thankful she’s in my life.” 

Khalida’s bond with her Support Worker Rachel grows stronger everyday. As she has taken back control of her life over the last year, Rachel has remained by her side. With that constant support, Khalida has been able to flourish, build confidence and look towards a better future. But it wasn’t always this way as she explains: 

“A year ago, things were very different. I had come out of an abusive marriage. With nowhere to go I found myself in accommodation that just wasn’t safe in an area I didn’t know.  

“I was so scared, my mental health was in bits and I tried to overdose. I came back to Redbridge, where I’m from, and was referred to Single Homeless Project. That’s where I met Rachel.” 

Since then, Khalida has been supported with her mental health and is improving other areas of her life too. She has completed employment training courses and has started looking for properties to move into. None of this would have been possible without a helping hand. 

“I’m a completely different person to who I used to be. Rachel came into my life and I could see that she cared so much about my welfare. I started to think if she believes in me, why don’t I believe in myself? My shattered confidence started to grow and I started to take ownership of my life. 

I’m a completely different person to who I used to be. Rachel came into my life and I could see that she cared so much about my welfare. I started to think if she believes in me, why don’t I believe in myself?

“Right now I am looking for a place to live so I can have the safety and security that I’ve needed for so long. Rachel comes to my viewings with me and, with her help, I know I will find the right home soon. After that, I will focus on my dream job – working in a nursery. 

“I can’t change the things that have happened to me in the past but I have been given the tools to build a better future.” 

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