I am a single working mother.
5 years ago we had to flee our home due to domestic abuse, and were in a care packed through IDVA/DASH. This is a multi organisational care package including the police, specialist domestic abuse service, social services etc. We had to move 7 times in one year to keep safe.
Every time I gained a new job or home, I was found but our perpetrator.
We have been free from this now for 2 years however trying to recover financially has been very difficult. As I had to leave everything behind, both monetary wise and in terms of friends and much of my family.
I have been lucky enough to always secure a job for which I am very grateful, and new friends. I would dearly like to be able to buy a home for my children, (a shared ownership perhaps).
It seems every year our new landlord wants to sell, and my kids have not had two christmases in the same home or with the same friends for 7 years now, they used to live a very different life and this is certainly now what I planned or wished for them. Each move means another set of settling, safety worries, friends, bedrooms etc.
I know there are families in far worse situations or only just getting started on their journey, once my babies have flown I plan to volunteer and support others.
Trying to save a deposit, pay rent and keep my kiddos going is not happening very quickly. So I thought perhaps I would try on here, whilst continuing to work my cotton socks off (currently 3 jobs, one full time) and support them in every way I can.
(The children in these pics are not mine).
Thank you for taking the time to reading my story.