Maya's story 

Maya came to Latch in 2019 after fleeing domestic abuse and spending time living in a women’s refuge. We helped her to access a wide range of services aimed at building her self-esteem and confidence. 

This includes attending the women’s group based at the Coach House, support to rebuild relationships with her family and skills for independent living such as how to manage her home, budgeting and creating healthy relationships.

Maya is now living independently with her 1-year old daughter. She attends a child development group and hopes to go back to college and study childcare.  She recently joined us on the Latch day trip to Scarborough and this has given her the confidence and motivation to push herself out of her comfort zone and do more day trips and activities with her daughter.

 Asmeret's story 

Asmeret was a Latch tenant between 2009 and 2013. Thanks to support from Latch, she was able to move on and build a new independent life for herself and her family.

Originally from Eritrea, she had previously been living with her family in unsuitable accommodation that saw nine people, including a very young baby, crammed into one room for over four months. 

Latch helped by providing a house for the family and support with clothing, bedding and everything else they needed. We also supported Asmeret with her college studies and a course in health and social care. When she was ready to move on to independent living, Latch offered to help with equipping the new property and support to stay in the tenancy rent-free whilst she decorated the new house.

Since moving on to independent living, she has managed to mortgage her property and is progressing towards owning her own home. She is working for the NHS and all her children are either studying or have completed their University studies.