Young people stories


I had a fall-out with my family and left home when I was 16. I’m 20, I’ve been in SASH for about 2 years. When …

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Hasabo was brought into the UK as part of the National Transfer Scheme procedure in February 2017. He spent time at a welcome centre in Harrogate before moving in with a SASH host. “I am 17, my birthday is on Christmas Day. I was 13 or 14 when I had …

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If I hadn’t come into SASH I don’t think I’d be doing very well if I’m honest.  It’s helped me so much. I was living …

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When I had to leave my home, I was really excited about SASH because I felt it had a lot of potential. It meant that I could only blame myself if I didn’t …

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"Without SASH I don’t know what I would have done." Oakley


I’m 17. My mum left when I was two. Me and my dad never got on. We were arguing all the time and I kept …

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I left home at 16. I was living with my dad, but I felt like where I was I couldn’t be myself. I just wanted …

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James spent two weeks in Nightstop before going into Supported Lodgings. He explains how he became homeless and how he got the help he needed. I’m 19. I’m the second oldest of six in my family. I’m a carer for my eight year old brother, who has autism.  He’s the …

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"I think SASH has been the making of me." Zoe


Hannah left home at 14 after problems with her family. She lived with her grandparents for just under a year, and started sofa-surfing with friends when she couldn’t stay with them any longer. …

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This is my eleventh night in Nightstop. I’ve been around quite a few different places, mostly in York but Harrogate as well. I lost my job before Christmas, then I split up with my girlfriend, it’s just been going downhill since then, but it can only go up now can’t …

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When she was growing up, Abi’s parents had financial difficulties and the family moved around a lot, staying in different apartments and holiday homes. By the time she was 18, Abi did not have her own room in the family home. She was sleeping on the sofa in the living …

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