Charlie, 17, suffered both mental and physical abuse at the hands of his parents which culminated in Charlie having to be hospitalised at the end of 2014. Although scared, he wanted to give the relationship with his parents once last go and returned home but after six months, it became clear that his home environment was not a safe or happy place to be so he decided to move out for good and approached the council for help.
The Council found Charlie a permanent spot at Alabaré Place where he was given his own flat as well as pastoral support from his own key worker, Jon Burns.
“It was scary when I first arrived, not only was I the youngest person here, I also had the same misconceptions as everyone else – did I really want to be in a ‘homeless shelter’. I kept myself to myself and just put my head down until one day I’d had a really awful day and was really upset. I felt like I had no one to turn to and must have looked really sad. One of the other residents, who I had often passed in the corridor, saw me and without even having to explain anything, gave me a huge hug. Now I talk to everyone and realise that everyone has a different story and that being ‘homeless’ is nothing to be ashamed of.”
Charlie went onto college to study photography and double sports and during this time he moved from Alabaré Place into the ‘move on’ facility next door, Barnard’s Cross House. Charlie did fantastically well at college, finishing with outstanding results. So much so Charlie has recently been accepted into Bangor University to read Sports Science. His dream is to become an outdoor activity coordinator.
“I’ll always be proud to be associated with Alabaré Place – they’ve helped me get back on my feet, given me confidence and shown me kindness and hope. Without tem I wouldn’t be where I am today”