1. Move into sustainable accommodation
  2. Secure employment at current place of work
  3. Volunteer at charities to give back to the community
  4. Leave her abusive past behind





Jurata was all set to move into a flat that would be sustainable for her, having saved up half the rent deposit amount herself and a council grant making up the other half.


But at the last minute, the grant was stripped from her because she had found gainful employment and was no longer eligible.


Jurata came to England 15 years ago and started building her new life by working as a carer for the elderly. A few years later, she met her partner, and they moved in together, eventually getting married. Unfortunately, the relationship turned abusive, and after three years, Jurata decided she had to escape the situation for her own safety. She found herself having to sleep on the streets. She soon lost her job and was struggling to keep herself alive.


"I had no support and found myself
trying to find food and somewhere to sleep and stay safe on a daily basis to survive."


An opportunity to get back on her own two feet arose when Jurata started working with Aspire Oxford to get into supported housing. This allowed her to start her life again. She was supported into getting a new job, where she is now working, and she has been volunteering with the charities that helped her back from homelessness and all the complexities that surround such an experience.


She had already found a privately rented apartment that she would have been able to afford on her salary and had saved up half the rental amount to secure the place. Unfortunately, due to an improvement in her employment situation, she was deemed to no longer qualify for a council grant for the other half of the rent.


This suddenly opened up Jurata to the very real possibility of falling back into rough sleeping and losing everything she has worked so hard to get. In light of the absolute urgency of the situation, Greater Change has put up the amount of money required upfront and Jurata is now in her new place and has gotten back into full-time employment at a restaurant.


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All the very best for a bright, free future