Moving to supported accommodation was a ‘lifesaver’ for young mum Jade
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Jade Burgwin, 17, from Cannock in Staffordshire, fell pregnant when she was taking her exams and about to leave school. Scared for the future, she had nowhere to stay: Jade's mum has bipolar and manic episodes making it an unsafe environment for Jade and her baby and there is no spare room at her dad's house - at one point, Jade did try to live there but it was so overcrowded it meant her sister sleeping in the dining room.
It was only when Jade attended a local group for parents-to-be that a support worker suggested she applied to Bromford for help. Jade says: "It was a lifesaver! I applied in September, had Charlie the following January and moved into Bromford accommodation in February. It's great to have the support and someone to talk to. I don't have any relationship with Charlie's dad.
"Bromford has also helped me with budgeting and sorting bills out and it's great to be independent. I want to better myself in college which I plan to do next year once Charlie is a little bit older so I can earn a sufficient wage to support us. Things are also looking brighter as I am now in a very supportive relationship."
Debbie Hall, Bromford Fixed Scheme Support Worker for Jade, said: "Jade is so young to be living independently and she needed mental health support when she first arrived here. Being here has really helped her confidence - so much so that she is going to be a buddy on the scheme where she lives and will provide an out-of-hours contact to help give advice, for example, who to contact if something breaks down."
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