My story: Living in the Dorchester Young Peoples Service by Ronan

"Everything was going well after moving out of home to live with my boyfriend, but after a while the relationship hit a few bumps and I ended up moving out."

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"Unfortunately, that left me with nowhere to go because my mum and sister had moved away from the area, relocating to Devon to be close to family. I wasn’t able to join them as I was at college and needed to finish my course so I asked the college for support.

They set about helping me to find accommodation and although I received a call from a few places, they weren’t suitable due to my age. However, a bit later, I received a call from the Dorchester Young Peoples Service who invited me for an interview to see if their accommodation was the place for me. I had a look around and was delighted to move into the scheme by November 2017.

Living at the Young Peoples Service has been truly amazing. I receive support from the staff for anything I need. They’ve been there to help me apply for income support and housing benefit, which boosted me massively financially and they’ve also been there to support me mentally, when I’ve found things a struggle.
During my studies at college, I needed some resources to complete my coursework and the Project kindly obtained a new desk for me to work at and paper to help me with my maths.

The staff couldn’t be more supportive and, now I have completed college and have received my grades, I’m thrilled to be able to be going to university with the help of grants including £500 from the Longleigh Foundation (who have also asked me to submit another application to fund a laptop to use during my course). A local charity have even paid for the deposit for my halls of residence!

Overall, I couldn’t be more grateful and happy for all the help and support I’ve received since entering the scheme. Without the support and guidance from all the staff I wouldn’t be able to fulfil my university dream.

With the help of the Project my life has really turned around. My relationship with my boyfriend has improved hugely and I was able to finish my education at college. I’m now getting ready to move to university to study Games Art & Design in September 2018.

I’m also much more confident – thank you Dorchester Young Peoples Service!"