Emily's Story

Emily, 18, is in supported lodgings which are a stepping stone to independence for young people at risk of homelessness, and those leaving care.

“As a young teenager I lived with my mum and my step dad. There would always be arguments in the house. Things got worse and it got to the stage where we didn’t even speak to each other.

When my mum and step dad left to live in Canada I moved into a residential care home and I loved it there. At first I was happy, but I started to feel really low. I wanted to tell someone how I was feeling and how hard I was finding life.

I got diagnosed with depression and I thought that it was the end.

When I applied for college my Barnardo’s project worker found me to a place to stay - I was so happy!

The transition from care home to new home was hard. I was reluctant at first, and tried everything I could to not go. Looking back I think ‘why did I do this?’ because my carers are the nicest people I have ever met! I know that living at home I have constant care there and that I am never alone.

I’m fighting my depression every single day and Barnardo’s helps me. I don’t think I would’ve got through the past year without Barnardo’s."


Barnardo's leaving care services aim to bridge the gap for children in care between leaving care and living in the adult world. We help young people to develop the life skills they will need to look after themselves and we also continue to provide support when they leave secure accommodation.

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If you think that a child is in immediate danger please dial 999. Alternatively please contact your local authority social care department, or the NSPCC 24 hour child protection helpline listed below.

If you are a child who needs help, please call Childline on 0800 11 11.

Alternatively, please call 0808 800 5000 to discuss your concerns with the NSPCC 24 Hour Child Protection Helpline.

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