Hannah came from a very dysfunctional family. She and her siblings were raised by their single mother who lived with severe substance abuse and mental health issues.
Hannah had been in the care system since the age of 13.
In 2015 Hannah had her first baby which was placed for adoption due to her life choices. She then found herself in an abusive relationship and developed a drug problem. The years that followed were incredibly difficult.
Early in 2019 Hannah became pregnant again, while homeless and sofa surfing. She tried going home to her mum, but this was unsuccessful due to the breakdown in family relationships.
Through years of abuse and hard living Hannah knew she had to change, and this time she was determined to do everything possible to keep her child.
hyh supported Hannah to move into accommodation and engage with the right agencies, encouraging her in every small change she made. She started a programme which helped improve her parenting skills, whilst motivating her to deal with emotions and feelings in a more positive way. She also took responsibility for her debts and budgeting, something nobody had taken the time to show her the importance of.
She literally turned her life around.
Social services now have no concerns about her parenting skills and they praise the changes she has made.
Hannah acknowledges that she still has a long way to go but is now on the right pathway and she is making the right choices for her and her baby.