Meet Sophie

Sophie* is in her early 20s. She and her two young children, age five and seven, moved in with her mum to care for her when she was dying of cancer.

Sophie* is in her early 20s. She and her two young children, age five and seven, moved in with her mum to care for her when she was dying of cancer.

When her mum died, Sophie was evicted. Due to a lack of suitable housing, she ended up living in a B&B. Emergency B&B accommodation should be short term. Sophie and her children ended up there for two years.

In the face of adversity, Sophie was bringing up her children brilliantly. The three of them lived in one room, with no bath, cooker or garden.

Sophie was referred to Launchpad’s Floating Support Service (the national name for a service that helps prevent homelessness) and Carrie, her Launchpad Support Worker, worked really hard to find the family suitable accommodation. Hours were spent at Reading Borough Council, visiting potential properties, searching online and building relationships with landlords. Eventually Carrie and the family visited a two bedroom flat with a garden. The landlord was so impressed with Sophie’s well behaved children that they were offered the tenancy.

Carrie’s hard work didn’t stop there. She found funding for a washing machine and fridge for the home. For nearly a month the family only had two mattresses. Sophie and her young son took turns, spending one night on the sofa and one night on their mattress.

The family are still doing well, feeling settled in their home and very grateful to Carrie and Launchpad for all the help.

* To help protect the privacy of those we help names have been changed

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