Real Stories

We've helped countless young people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness over the years.

Click here to learn more about their stories and about how Breathing Space helped them.

Jack's Story

Jack, a 17 year old male, was made to sofa surf for 8 months after his relationship with his family broke down. Jack was referred to the Night Shelter by Child Services, where he was given emergency accommodation. Jack needed support to find permanent accommodation, as well as advice for how to move forward.

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Sam's Story

Sam was an 18 year old male who had been asked to leave the family home. He had been staying on a friend’s sofa until this arrangement broke down. He was now faced with the prospect of sleeping rough. Sam also had stage 4 chronic kidney disease, and wore a catheter. He needed a safe place to stay, as well as support with his housing application, and was referred to Breathing Space.

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Josh's Story

Josh* was referred by his mother for mediation; Josh had been stealing from his mother and siblings to pay for his cannabis use. Josh’s mother was at a loss as to where to go for support, and was sign-posted to HAPI via social media. Josh’s mum did not want to ask her son to leave home, but felt that without support she may not have any other choice.

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Tanya's Story

Burnley Housing Needs referred Tanya* to HAPI, after she approached them for support. Tanya was staying with a friend, when she was asked to leave home by her parents. Both parents were saying that they could no longer cope with Tanya's mental health issues. Tanya was only able to stay with her friend on a temporary basis, and requested support to find her own accommodation.

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Amy's Story

A referral was submitted by Rossendale Housing Options Team; Amy* was currently sofa surfing, and 18 weeks pregnant. Amy had fled domestic violence from her ex-partner, but was not able to return home to family due to overcrowding. After presenting as homeless at her local housing office she was referred to HAPI for support.

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About Breathing Space

Breathing Space Lancashire is here to help young people aged 14-25 who are at risk of homelessness. The project is here to provide the best advice, guidance and signposting to young people, their friends and families so that together we can keep young people safe.

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