When I was 16 I was kicked out of my family home, because I didn’t get on with my stepdad and because I didn’t listen to my mum.
Eventually I came to Nacro supported housing, but I wasn’t very settled at all. Like at home with my mum, I didn’t listen to any of the staff and I just did what I wanted.
I got into a lot of debt through rent arrears, it just kept building up. Eventually I told myself I needed to knuckle down, because I didn’t want to be in Nacro housing forever, I wanted to live by myself.
I started doing more hours in the hair salon, to try and up my wage, but it was really hard – the more you work, the less help you get with your rent and the more you pay.
I found myself in a circle where I was trying to make things better but it wasn’t really helping.
It wasn’t until Laura from Nacro came to be my support worker that I actually started listening to people, and I ended up paying off my debts.
I’ve had a lot of support workers, I think Laura’s my 5th. Up ‘til then it had been really hard for me to get settled, open up, and get out of rent arrears.
It wasn’t easy but I worked hard and I paid off my debts, which meant I could be nominated for a flat outside Nacro. I didn’t think it was going to be doable, but it was.
Since I’ve moved out Laura’s helped me get it all into order: she’s helped me get bills up to scratch and stay positive, even though it’s been hard – especially with council tax, they are a bugger!
It’s scary knowing it’s coming to the end of the time I’m allowed to have a support worker. It’s nerve-wracking knowing I’m not going to have that support to fall back on, but really that’s all I’m worried about – I feel ready to go on. Knowing that I’ve been in Nacro and with their support I’ve come out the other end and actually got somewhere, that’s really inspiring.
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