“Hello my name is Craig and I am going to speak about my experience with Community Campus.
I was referred by Erimus Housing in October 2011, I then went to the young people’s panel where Community Campus and another organisation were present. After hearing what support each organisation has to offer, I chose Community Campus as I thought they had support more suited to me. I then had an assessment to see if I was acceptable for support. I was accepted and applied for accommodation with 3 different housing providers. Whilst I was waiting for housing I was sofa surfing at friends, I was working with Diane (Community Campus support worker), which involved money management, alcohol misuse, health eating and physical health. I was then offered a flat with another housing provider, which I accepted. I then had support setting up my gas, electricity and water as I have never done it before. I was then able to change my life for the better with the support from Diane and the rest of the staff. I have been able to be more responsible with money especially with bills. I have become more independent by being able to look after myself to look after my well being, my confidence has grown dramatically.
When I started with Campus I only talked to Diane but now I speak to all the staff, to them I probably speak too much! I also got involved with the Youth Project where I made some new friends and we went on a residential where we did woodland management which was really good for team building.
The reason I went to Community Campus was because of a family disagreement that forced me out of my mam’s and to my aunties for a year, Campus has been the best thing that has happened to me and I wish them all the best of luck for the future.”