Janet’s story

I moved in [to the Life House] April 2009 when I was 14 weeks pregnant. There were two other girls living here, both with young babies. This was good for me to learn about the day to day routine of looking after a baby. I moved in with not much knowledge on life skills. Such as cooking, cleaning, practical skills, health and safety, money and budgeting, health and pregnancy and parenting skills.

For example we cook a meal once a week, for 4 of us with a budget of £10. I have learnt now to do lots of practical things like, putting a dining room chair together and fixing a toilet seat. We have done arts and crafts sessions like scrap booking, Christmas cards, painting. All these things will help me to enhance my son’s development when I move on. We also have health professionals, work and career advisors and we have had in the past people from the emergency services doing a talk on prevention causes and what to do in the emergency of a fire.

I am hoping to move out within the next month. Without the Support Workers and life housings support I don’t think I’d be ready to move on.