Sam’s Story

Sam* has faced housing challenges since leaving care at the age of 17. He struggled financially and sofa-surfed with family members for a number of years before seeking help from the local authority.

Sam was doing well in temporary accommodation but unfortunately there was then an incident which caused Sam to be arrested and sentenced for 14 months imprisonment. In prison, Sam completed GCSE’s and vocational courses with the goal of becoming self-employed.

To support Sam in his journey away from homelessness, The Wallich received funding from Give DIFFerently to purchase gardening equipment, allowing them to offer garden and tree surgeon services.

This funding means that Sam can start their business in early summer when demand is highest, establishing a reputation and building a customer base. Sam has also started working with Gofal and their employment service to gain a chainsaw licence which will allow him to complete larger jobs.

Thanks to your support, Sam is moving toward self-employment and financial stability.

*alternative names have been used to protect their identity