Sophie's story

Before she came to live with 1625 Independent People, Sophie* had suffered a lot of trauma. She had a strained relationship with her family and she had been in an abusive relationship, which caused her to suffer from a depressive episode. Her life was chaotic, and her history meant that she struggled to trust other people, including professionals.

When planning to move into a 1625ip shared house, she was nervous and worried about adjusting to a new environment. In the house, Sophie would sometimes argue with other people, as she was feeling so vulnerable and emotional a lot and struggling to adapt to the changes. 

1625ip took a lot of different approaches to engage with Sophie to support her needs. Sophie began to notice that she had people looking out for her needs and really did care about her. Her behaviour began to change and she formed friendships in the house.

Sophie has now moved into her property, and is very excited about her future. She has managed to maintain positive links with her family and is very grateful for their support. Sophie states that 1625ip has been a great help to her when she needed it most. She feels she has gained a level of maturity and independence that once seemed impossible. Sophie is taking things one day at a time, but feels in control as she has a plan for the future.

Find out more about our work with 1625 Independent People here. 

*Sophie's name has been changed to protect her identity.