Mandy has been supported by Housing for Women’s Re-Unite project since early 2013. She was released from HMP Downview at the end of 2012 where she served a 16 month sentence for supplying drugs. Mandy was coerced into this by a family member who said it would help her to get out of financial difficulties. As a result Mandy lost her assured tenancy, and her daughter had to go and live with a family member. Mandy had nowhere to store her belongings and the council disposed of them when clearing out the property. She then had to start from scratch.
Since being released Mandy, supported by Re-Unite, has made huge steps towards rebuilding a life for herself and her 8 year old daughter Sarah. Initially she moved into one of Housing for Women’s Re-Unite properties, allowing her to be housed with her daughter from the day of her release. She was supported to access health facilities, benefits and to secure a place in education.
During 2014 and with the support of her Re-Unite worker, who advocated on her behalf, Mandy was awarded a council property. Her support worker applied for grants to help Mandy to furnish it and Mandy has recently been awarded £300 to decorate her daughters bedroom.
Mandy has successfully completed a course in Child Care and is currently training as a Teaching Assistant. She is hoping to apply to university next year to study for her Teaching Certificate.