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Rose is a charming 61 year old woman. She is well educated, has had a long and successful career. And now she is homeless.

When her mother remarried in 1965, Rose moved to Hampshire. Following a school and college education she was offered a job at Simpsons of Piccadilly, a large retail store, and she moved to London.

Rose has had a successful career. Whilst employed at Simpsons of Piccadilly she completed an executive training scheme, which included training at the London College of Fashion. Rose went on to work for Heals, a furniture and interior design company and she was promoted to a Personal Relations Assistant. Here she worked for Sir Harry Secombe and with The Actors Centre, where she met many interesting and famous people.

When Rose was 32 she took the opportunity to travel for a few months. In 1988, inspired by her travels, she opened a shop in Thailand which sold high end gifts. The shop was a success and was featured in both national and international magazines.

In 2007, Rose was diagnosed with breast cancer. She received radiotherapy in Bangkok and has been in remission for 9 years. Following her illness Rose returned to England and worked as a shop assistant in Fortnum and Mason. Two years later, in 2014, she returned to her home in Thailand. Finally Rosa packed her bags and returned to England for good.

Rose was alone and homeless. After spending a night in a hotel in Midhurst she was given temporary accommodation in a residential home for a month where she was advised to seek help from Stonepillow.

Eventually, in desperation and with nowhere else to turn, Rose came to Stonepillow Chichester Hub to register for support. She suffers with mental health issues that include short term memory loss. With the help of a dedicated support worker Rose has received support with attending housing clinics, groups to support mental health and claiming benefits. She is a resident at Stonepillow Chichester Hostel and we are hopeful that Rose will be soon be able to move into supported accommodation where she can resume a full and fruitful life. She would love to find work and is actively seeking work as a Care Assistant.

(Our client’s name has been changed to protect their identity)

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