Case Studies

Ben’s story

Ben grew up in an environment of parental neglect, emotional manipulation and abuse. At 16 he was at risk of homelessness and moved into supported accommodation at YMCA Cornwall. With the help of our support workers he was able to access the help he needed for his mental health issues, complete his college course and successfully move on to his own flat. Read his story here.



Gemma’s story

As a young child, Gemma stayed in temporary B&B accommodation with her Dad. She later resorted to sofa-surfing which put her at risk and led to her dropping out of college. When she moved into YMCA Cornwall she was able to get her life back on track and make plans for the future. Read more about Gemma here.


Names and identifying information have been changed to ensure anonymity.