Clare’s childhood was always unstable and full of uncertainty. Her mum often brought back different boyfriends to live with them for short periods. They would stay for a while and then leave, then it would start all over again. One of them started to abuse her, but when she told her mum she chose to believe her boyfriend over Clare.
With no one and nowhere she could go she asked some of her friends if she could crash on their sofas. She moved from sofa to sofa until eventually she ran out of offers. Clare was then forced to sleep on the streets.
“I used to go to McDonalds a lot to stay warm. It was horrible. It’s scary when you’re on the streets and you have nobody to turn to. It’s awful, I can’t even describe it.”
“When I was on the streets, I didn’t sleep, I was too scared. I just used to walk about from place to place. I was scared, I was cold. It was January time and I just couldn’t cope with it. I then had an assessment and they put me straight here [to Centrepoint].”
With a little support from her Key Worker, Clare is now working hard building her confidence back up and putting her life back together. She’s also receiving support with her mental health from Centrepoint Health team Clare to address the issues causes by the abuse and neglect she suffered as a child.
Clare is now looking forward to starting her college course and she’s currently getting useful work experience, but she’s thinking seriously about pursuing a career in cosmetics or travel tourism.