Karl’s story

Karl* was homeless until he was given a room at YMCA Port Talbot and found the support he needed to turn his life around.

*Name and photo have been changed to protect the identity of the young person

“I moved into the YMCA in April 2016 as I was homeless.  I thought it would be a dump but when I got there it was a lovely place and I had my own room as well and the staff were pucker.  They would always help me or listen to me if I needed someone to talk to, even if they were busy, which made me feel like I meant something.

I have lived by myself for the first time at the YMCA. I never thought I would be able to as I had never done anything for myself before.  The staff showed me how to do some things and eventually I could do things for myself.

I’ve now got my own flat and hope to go into the army.  I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at the YMCA for supporting me to do this.”

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