All Stories

A 16-year-old City College student and her friends have helped raise vital awareness for housing charity BCHA.

Sophie’s story

"I hope to raise at least £2000 for Bchangemakers campaign"

Paul’s story

“I felt part of a team from the outset. BCHA invested in me, offering me training and helping me to develop."

Greg’s story

"I volunteer for a local cancer charity and enjoy every minute. I laugh...a lot and have time for others."

Nikki’s story

“She had been let down by the very people who were meant to love and support her.”

Sophie’s story

“I chose the job of a support worker because I am tired of people failing other people.”

Charlie’s story

"Kylie handed me her razor blades and said she no longer wanted to harm herself and felt like she could now see a way forward in her life"

Kylie’s story

"My support worker Natalie has been lovely to me. She knows all about my struggles."

Courtney’s stories

"I remember looking at this lad not much younger than myself, and wanting to take away the shame and embarrassment he felt."

Alice’s story

"People had had enough of me and my problems and finally I started to see that they were really trying to help me."

Stewart’s story

"I love working for BCHA. I want to give something back as I am an example of what you can overcome when you are given the right help and support and you really want to make a change in your life"

Vicky’s story

"It is often forgotten that behind homelessness, drug abuse and trauma there are people with dreams and passions."

Charlotte’s story

“New Directions has given me a chance to see the working world differently.”

Jason’s Story

“The NCS programme developed my self-confidence – it taught me how to overcome challenges independently and cooperatively. I couldn't be thankful enough for the life skills it has given me”

Chantelle’s Story

“I’ve made the leap from NCS participant to a full-time staff member”

Alisha’s Story

“Having the NCS students here was brilliant – they were wonderful and they brought such a lovely energy to the place.”

Tish’s Story

“I felt like I was struggling through thick mud and fog before I came to Ignite – and I ended up in the bright sunshine”

Janet’s Story

"I know if I was in trouble I could go there and they’d find someone to help me"

Jane’s story

"I hear either “BCHA has changed my life” or “BCHA has saved my life.”"

Colin’s story

"We’ve raised money for such an incredible cause."

The Skydive Team’s story

"Seeing what the young people have achieved makes me feel really proud."

Georgia’s story

"To go from homelessness to studying at University means a lot to me."

Emma’s story

"It's about the commitment, care and passion that all our team show towards our clients."

Brian’s story

"I have a passion for working face-to-face with young people."

Daryl’s story

"BCHA puts you back on track when you think you’ll never see the track again."

Sam’s story

“The staff who welcomed me were indescribably patient.”

Janet’s story

“I wanted my kids to be proud of their mum, and I wanted to teach them to never give up.”

Melissa’s story

"I wouldn’t have what I have now if it weren’t for BCHA."

Kaye’s story

“They talked me out of going back every single time I was crumbling and wanted to give up.”

Mai-Li’s story

“I want to help others by talking to them about the challenges I have faced in my life.”

Hannah’s story

“The support we were given allowed us to move forwards with our lives without fear.”

Megan’s story

"I’m fairly hopeful that I’m going to finish the London Marathon."

Julia’s story

"Sometimes you go into denial a little bit and you don’t realise the help that you need."

Bill’s story

"I didn't see anything in myself that was worthwhile - SMILE has helped me instil confidence in myself."

Scott’s story

“To help other people make changes in their life is phenomenal.”

Charmaine’s story

“For me, it’s gone from literally feeling like I’m drowning to piecing it together.”

Sarah’s Story

“Absolutely everybody has it within them to turn their life around.”

Kathy’s story

“People look at me and see that there’s a second chance in life.”

John’s story

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