Pathway Homes
Tenant Case Study

Bedir

Overview

Bedir approached Pathway Homes partner organisation, CCHM, in December 2019, after being granted asylum. Unable to return to his home country of Turkey and speaking very little English, he struggled to access local services including housing and education.

Bedir was suffering from the effects of becoming a refugee and having to flee his home. Without access to social networks, he did not know where to start to begin his new life in the UK. Following assessment, Bedir identified areas in which he needed support to enable him to successfully integrate into a new community and build a new life in a new home.

Pathway to a new home

Identifying and securing a safe and secure home for Bedir was an integral part of the support offered by the CCHM and Pathway teams. Accessing organisations which were able to provide him with these services was key.

Following an initial three months spent in a Pathway home, Bedir was in a position to make the move into a fully tenanted property, providing him with a safe and secure environment from which he could further develop in all areas of his life.

Bedir is currently studying at the University of Lancashire and hoping to continue to PhD study in the future.

Self-care

Bedir was motivated to learn the skills he needed to progress and live independently. He engaged with services from the beginning and continued to address the main areas of difficulty that were preventing him from safeguarding himself against becoming homeless.

Bedir struggled with the change in currency and was worried he might misunderstand and fall into arrears or debt. He was supported to access opportunities and understand his personal finances, budgeting, household energy usage, public funding for training and future employment opportunities.

Social networks

As Bedir had no connections locally and struggled profoundly to understand written and spoken English, he felt incredibly isolated. To ensure Bedir had opportunities to practice speaking and listening to English and build a new social network he was enrolled onto an English course that he attended three days each week and was connected to the local mosque. He also volunteered at a local charity shop each Saturday providing him with employment experience in the UK and a chance to meet people in the local community.

Outcomes

Bedir is now living in his own fully tenanted home and is awaiting the arrival of his family from Turkey.

He has been supported throughout his journey, notably through his support worker at CCHM and housing officer from Pathway Homes – he has also worked closely with his GP and other specialist service providers to help maintain his mental health.

He is now able to manage household bills, recognising expectations from landlords and tenants, budgeting and making a claim to benefit.

Taking the choice to engage with support and local services, take part in classes and groups, volunteering and working with staff, he could see the improvements in his life as a direct result of the plans put in place together and the actions he took on his journey through homelessness and into independent living.

Bedir is currently studying at the University of Lancashire and hoping to continue to PhD study in the future. He said: “I did not know how to start my new life. I am looking forward to my future and showing my family all that I have achieved.”

I did not know how to start my new life. I am looking forward to my future and showing my family all that I have achieved.

BedirPathway Homes Tenant