Rose had close links to support from people from her community and also with organisations like Asylum Welcome. So, she stayed in Oxford, ‘sofa surfing’ for many months. She dreamed of a permanent home:
“I kept imagining whether one day I would have a place for myself.”
Rose felt abandoned and let down by officials. As a result, she was becoming increasingly isolated and depressed. We helped Rose to find a solicitor, gather vital evidence, and win her appeal. We also helped her to access psychological support.
When the COVID-19 lockdown started, Rose had to leave her temporary accommodation and she became homeless. Asylum Welcome supported Rose with weekly hardship payments and helped her to access temporary housing. After a period of more uncertainty, Rose was finally offered a proper room to call her own.
Rose was in tears as she opened the door and saw her very own room. She could now sleep in a bed with a pillow for the first time in two years. Rose’s ‘imagined’ room had finally become a reality.
Rose now has a wonderful home of her own and her life has changed for the better. In 2020, Asylum Welcome was delighted to welcome Rose as a volunteer on the charity’s welcome desk.