As time went on and Lucy began to open up she agreed to take part in a 12-week course from The Prince’s Trust. The course focused on helping individuals uncover their hidden talents by improving their confidence and from this they gained a nationally-recognised qualification. Whilst in attendance Lucy met new people and built friendships. She came away invigorated with a new found confidence and a desire to turn her life around.
For Lucy all was not lost and this gave her the strength to push forward.
On her return Lucy took the next step on the road to recovery by moving into one of The Ashley Foundation’s move-on flats this happened in May 2016. Also at this time she was discharged from the NHS mental health programme. Working with the team at The Ashley Foundation Lucy enrolled at Blackpool and the Fylde College. There she went on to complete level 1 & 2 in Health and Social Care and secured a position within this profession where she still works today.
The move-on flats provided Lucy with the independence she needed. Knowing that her support workers were only a call away should she have needed their help or advice was a great comfort.
In November 2017 Lucy was thrilled to move back home and make a new start. Against all odds Lucy rebuilt her relationship with her mum and they now enjoy spending quality time with each other.
In her spare time Lucy volunteers at her local Rainbow and Brownie groups. Her family, friends and colleagues have all seen a huge change in Lucy and have commented on her confidence and her ability to get what she wants from life.
When speaking with Lucy she commented ‘The Ashley Foundation literally saved my life. They picked up the pieces and helped me rebuild my life and for that I’m eternally grateful’.
Denise Boehme, Support Services Manager at The Ashely Foundation said, ‘Lucy is an amazingly strong and independent woman who has overcome a terrible ordeal. The Ashely Foundation feels incredibly humbled by her determination and zest for life. Lucy is an inspiration to all those around her’.
For further information about The Ashley Foundation visit http://tafblackpool.org/