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HollyAt just 17, alone and pregnant, Holly faced living on the streets of Peterborough. Her relationship with her mum had broken down and she had no else to turn to. Fortunately for Holly housing associations, like Axiom based in Peterborough, are able to help young and vulnerable people faced with homelessness.

Holly was referred to Axiom’s Young Parents’ Project at its Peterborough Foyer where she lived for a year and received full support to start her own tenancy within the local community.

Living at the project gave Holly the opportunity to settle in her own space while preparing for the birth of her baby. And with the right emotional support and stability from her key worker, she made significant progress and was able to access additional help.

Holly attended a young mums’ course run by social justice charity, Nacro, and continues to go to a postnatal group run by Peterborough Women’s Centre.

Her key worker also put Holly in touch with a local representative for the National Careers Service to help with future employment opportunities.

Axiom’s support workers helped Holly to gain budgeting skills and to apply for benefits so she could financially support herself, maintain her tenancy and provide for her child.

Thanks to this support Holly now has her own home and is able to maintain her tenancy with another housing association. Axiom was also able to help furnish her first home and she’s been offered additional support from her new social landlord.

Today, Holly is stronger and has aspirations of becoming a teacher.

‘Homes for Cathy’ Partners

Arches Housing
Axiom
BCHA
Brighter Futures
Broadland Housing Group
Bromford
CCHA
Connect Housing
Hastoe Group
Hightown Housing Association
Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association
MSV Housing
North Star
Peabody Group
Shepherds Bush Housing Group
South Yorkshire Housing Association
Tyne Housing Association