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Nomonde first found herself sleeping rough after her relationship broke down, she had been entirely dependent on her partner financially.

It was an immensely troublesome period for Nomonde, not only was she having to deal with the after effects of a distressing breakup but also the fact that she no longer had access to the basics to survive: food, money, shelter.

At first Nomonde was able to sleep at a friend’s place but as time passed the arrangement became inconvenient and Nomonde felt she could no longer impose, setting off a spiral of her sleeping rough on and off for five years – a shocking length of time to be continually risking her life each night as a single woman on the street.

Eventually Nomonde approached The Passage where she was supported into temporary accommodation by our Destitution Co-ordinator while our Immigration Solicitor resolved her immigration status.

When Nomonde arrived at The Passage she was experiencing mental health problems and battling suicidal thoughts as a result of the trauma she had endured. One of our mental health workers helped her to work through these testing issues.

Less than a year later and Nomonde is now settled in her own flat and attending college where she is working towards achieving her Maths and English GCSEs.