“I’m a single dad with a two year old daughter and was referred to the Association by Social Care.  To begin with, I didn’t want to move in as I had a full-time job as a lifeguard and just qualified as a gym instructor, but it was the easiest way to have full-time care of my daughter.  I have loved it here, everyone is really helpful and easy to get along with including the staff.  I have improved vastly and now I am just looking forward to getting my own place to live with my daughter and get back into work and college.  A big thanks to everyone as they have been really helpful”.


“I was five months pregnant when I moved into the hostel.  I was nervous about moving into the house as I hadn’t had any experience of independent living before and didn’t know anyone.  Although it was worrying, all the residents here are lovely.   Since living here,   I have gained a lot of key skills about managing money, cooking and how to keep myself healthy during and after my pregnancy.  The staff have been very helpful and have been able to give me the support and help I have needed to be able to keep my part-time job and complete the “Life Skills Programme” with my Key Worker.  I now feel that I am able to provide my baby daughter and cannot thank everyone enough here for helping me.”


“We are a young family who were homeless and with help of the Council, were placed at St. Monica’s House.  The house was not what we had expected.  The staff are always friendly and go out of their way to help you in any way possible.  We have been here for eight months and the whole time we have enjoyed it and met lots of new people.”

“The Hostel was nothing like I thought it would be.  I had this image of it being people who had used drugs and got drunk every-night  with rowdy people.  It turned out to be a very nice.  The hostel has turned my life around for my son and I.  I am now linked in with the Roberts Centre after completing my Life Skills Programme.  The staff at the hostel and the Roberts Centre have given me loads of support through this process.  I will be happy to go but I will miss the House dearly”.


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