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Starts at Home – Karla’s story

Cotswold House came along at a crucial time in my life.

“I was homeless and fleeing from some bad stuff that had happened to me. I had been sofa surfing for a while but I needed somewhere where I could feel safe.

“I was referred to a couple of places but I always felt like Cotswold House was the right place for me. It was secure and I felt I could get the emotional support I desperately needed. I can remember my first day there like it was yesterday.

“A member of staff showed me to my room and I hung onto my bag for dear life. I was scared because it was so different – I was used to being on my own – now I was surrounded by lots of people. It took me a little while to adjust but the staff brought me out of my shell.

“I always felt comfortable. The staff made me feel at ease and they never judged me. It’s like they had a sixth sense when it came to knowing that there was something wrong – they would always take time out to listen to my problems.

“I learned a lot during my time here. I took part in a number of workshops that made me take a good look at things that had happened in my life. It wasn’t easy – I would often break down and be in floods of tears – but things started to make sense. The staff at Cotswold would talk things through with me and support me through the tough times.

“I lived at Cotswold for a year. There were a few bumps along the road but Cotswold was brilliant for me – it provided me with the safe and stable environment I had been craving.

“It’s been two years since I moved out of Cotswold. I still have some challenges but I am in a much better place now. I have my own home and I feel in control of my own destiny. I dread to think where I would be now if it wasn’t for the support of Cotswold House. They got hold of me at the right time and I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.”


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