Our Stories

Emma’s Story

“When I became homeless, I did not know where to turn”
Emma become homeless due to a family breakdown. She eventually got in touch with the 16+ team at Social Services who referred her to Mary Seacole Housing Association. Emma now lives a fully independent life. She has a flat in Brighton and works as a full-time carer>

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Sarah’s Story

“Moving out into my own flat was a bittersweet moment, I felt ecstatic that I had achieved my goal but I was really sad to leave Mary Seacole Housing Association.”
From the ages of 13 to 16 years old, Sara spent her life in and out of care with foster placements. She was scared, lonely and wanted to be with her family, although relations had broken down. At the age of 16, Sarah’s social worker referred her to Mary Seacole.

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Shane’s Story

“Alcohol played a big part in my life… I was always out, mixing with the wrong kind of people and getting into trouble”
Mixing with the wrong crowd was one of the main causes of Shane’s homelessness. Although he was initially reluctant to receive support, he eventually felt settled with Mary Seacole. Shane now has a flat, is climbing the ladder at work and continues to build his skills through training.

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Jack’s Story

“Jack’s success is testament to Young Enterprise’s ability to unlock the potential in young people” – Lorraine McMullen, Community Investment Manager at Keepmoat Regeneration, Supporter of Young Enterprise in Luton

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Solance’s Story

The staff at Mary Seacole helped me to address my anger issues – I learnt social skills and felt that I could finally let go of the anger. This is mainly thanks to my keyworker; the main person who put me back on track with my life and supported me to stay out of trouble.

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Sarah’s Story

Sarah was 17 when she was told to leave home due to a breakdown in family relations. With no fixed abode, Sarah was unsure where and who to turn to until a friend told her about Mary Seacole Housing Association.
Fully supported by the staff and residents at Mary Seacole, Sarah is now making positive changes to her life and rebuilding a future for herself. Sarah recounts her story in this video>

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Elaine’s Story – Marketing & Events Manager

I have watched the organisation grow, embracing the issues of homelessness in Luton and I continue to feel very passionate about the cause; I truly believe that in this day and age, in a country as affluent at the UK, we should not have people living on the streets.

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Nicole’s Story – Engagement & Safeguarding Officer

My current role entails engaging clients and staff to achieve their desired outcomes. More specifically I work with clients who are hard to engage and need extra support to engage with various aspects of their support plans. I also deliver a variety of training sessions, activities and projects for our clients.

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