5 October 2020

Jess* is currently a resident at our new accommodation unit, Canonsgrove. Before arriving at Canonsgrove, Jess was identified as homeless and described her previous life as rough and dangerous.

We had a quick catch up with Jess to talk about her experience at the site in Trull, Taunton.

What do you enjoy about Canonsgrove?

I enjoy my freedom but also appreciate the help and support provided by staff. I also tend to be pretty forgetful, so it’s good to have staff around.

What challenges have you faced?

Before I came to Canonsgrove I felt trapped. I was running in circles, with nothing happening. Since I arrived at Canonsgrove, I have achieved so much more in the last few weeks than I have in the last 15 years.

How has your experience at Canonsgrove been?

I can describe Canonsgrove in one short sentence, simply excellent.

Canonsgrove feels safe and secure. The support provided by the staff is invaluable and they are always willing to help. For example, they are happy to monitor and remind me with simple things such as laundry.

I don’t think there is anything that can be improved at Canonsgrove. It is excellent.

What do you want for your future?

I would like to have a job and my very own safe place to live.

My stay at Canonsgrove has allowed me to reflect and realise what my needs and goals really are. I will be forever grateful for Canonsgrove and the team, they have changed my life for the better.

 

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*Name changed to protect identity