Kyle came to our Quay Foyer seeking independence and support

After his family relationship broke down and many months of sofa surfing, Kyle came to Stonewater’s Quay Foyer in 2008 seeking independence and support to develop. Although Kyle was with us for two years, he wasn’t quite ready to progress on his journey, and ultimately left on a Notice to Quit.

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In the community, Kyle’s circumstances kept changing, with poor mental health resulting in suicide attempts and recurring homelessness.

Recognising that he needed to change this cycle and knowing how the foyer ran, what to expect from residents and having matured after leaving the army, Kyle came back to the foyer and worked hard to gain skills, qualifications and life experience; including completing a Personal Development Course in Croatia.

However, two years after successfully moving on from the foyer Kyle broke his collar bone, which led to him losing his job and becoming homeless. Returning to the foyer as a place of reassurance and support, Kyle informed the team he had autism; something he had not disclosed before feeling it was a personal matter and for which he had developed coping strategies in order to hide it from those around him. Kyle said he’d always found it difficult to engage but had nevertheless involved himself taking time out to regroup.

More settled, Kyle began working and rebuilding his independence with personalised support from staff; ultimately becoming a Foyer Ambassador and helping deliver activities and peer mentoring others.

Confidence growing, Kyle volunteered with the youth service, during which time he showed real commitment improving his mental wellbeing and ability to connect with others through outdoor sports and activities. Staff saw the positive impact Kyle was having on other young people, and supported him to access an apprenticeship with the local young person’s Careers Advice service.

Between 2008 and 2016, Kyle had three periods of staying at the Foyer. The last time he stayed was for two years and he moved out December 2016.

How did the foyer help?

Now with his own flat and apprenticeship, Kyle’s confidence has shone through and he is actively involved in the Foyer football team and a positive role model for the young people here. Kyle had the courage to come back when he needed support, recognising life doesn’t always run smoothly and that he didn’t have to deal with it on his own.

He now visits the foyer weekly, as part of his apprenticeship, meeting residents, providing 1-1 support and coordinating activities.

Asked what it was like coming in to do work, Kyle said, ‘’It feels weird ‘cause being a resident at three separate times during my development I never imagined myself working with residents from Quay Foyer as well as having that professional relationship with staff here. ‘’

Never missing an opportunity to develop or rally others to get others involved, he’s always been a positive influence on those around him, particularly young people with complex emotional health.

What might have happened to Kyle if it wasn’t for supported housing?

Following a breakdown in the relationship with his family, Kyle left home and after several months of sofa surfing, recurring instances of homelessness and poor mental health it’s difficult to consider where Kyle would ultimately have lived without access to personalised supported housing.

However, Kyle and the Foyer team believe it’s unlikely he would have achieved such great success; progressing within his apprenticeship, sustaining the tenancy on his own flat, and becoming a strong role model for others who are on a similar journey to Kyle’s.

How did supported housing help Kyle?

The foyer has proven to be a place of reassurance, support and security for Kyle at several stages in his life; empowering him to take the first steps to achieving his independence and aspirations.

Supported housing has enabled him to make positive changes to his circumstances, manage his autism and take meaningful steps towards building a fulfilling and rewarding lifestyle. He continues to grow from strength to strength and never fails to inspire those around him; including staff and residents.