"It was a relief coming to Alabaré, having come from a house where I felt unhappy and unsupported. I was used to a strict routine and going to college was not something that was encouraged. Things at my previous address were becoming unbearable and I wasn’t thriving or functioning properly. I felt very nervous around people and didn’t know what to expect."
"Since moving into Alabaré's young peoples home, I have successfully completed my first year of college and came out with the highest grades in my class (distinction). I am doing lots more activities - including martial arts and Jeet Kune Do. I have learnt to play the keyboard as my Alabaré home has a keyboard and I have started learning to play the ukulele! I also learnt to play swingball and got to teach my key worker and another resident how to street surf… which was fun! Going on runs and walks during my key working support sessions helped me to come out of my shell and build my confidence in talking about sports and just being myself."
"Coming to Alabaré, I feel I have gained my independence through having more appropriate support, along with space and time to myself. I have had more freedom here and I feel better generally in myself. Whilst feeling a little apprehensive, I feel I am ready to move on and start a new chapter of my life. I am looking forward to completing my second year at college and I aspire to become a physiotherapist. To do this I will have to go to university. I want to go further with Jeet Kune Do and hopefully one day be in charge of an organisation!"
"I am thankful for the support of everyone within Alabaré's young people’s team."