Tahi’s journey has taken her from sleeping rough to resilient, independent mother. She now has a vision to work as a social worker to pass on the help she received to the next generation of young people.
I first started accessing BYS as I was sleeping rough and seeking support to help me gain independency which at the time, was primarily focused around getting stable accommodation on my own.
Sleeping rough and everything else that comes with it, has taught me so many things, but the main thing it has shown me is the value of gratitude. BYS has provided me with the ongoing support I needed as my circumstances continued to change over time. I have been able to develop a head-strong mentality, learn resilience and realise my own self-worth.
By learning to utilise these values I have become more independent, and it has helped me to become the loving and amazingly beautiful Mama to my son. I will be working to become a social worker, like those that I have looked up to in BYS, because I know the amazing and rewarding impact it will have on other young people in the next generation.