Name: Ralph

Age: 20s

Help Received: New accommodation and a fresh start

Ralph’s Story

Ralph had been sofa surfing for many years until he wore out his welcome and ended up sleeping in doorways and car parks. Due to Ralph’s history, he had incredibly limited options for housing in Guildford. At the age of 25, Ralph was desperate to start again with a clean slate and was keen to move out of the area so he could rebuild his life.

Although Ralph could access support from the council in the form of a rent deposit, there was no way that Ralph could afford to pay the rent in advance required to secure a property, life had become a vicious circle for Ralph with no obvious way out.

Ralph and his HOST outreach worker worked together to source suitable, affordable and sustainable private rented opportunities for Ralph outside of Guildford and its surrounding areas. HOST applied to Real Change Guildford to cover his rent in advance and funding was promptly approved.  This enabled Ralph to move off the streets into his own home within a week of his application to Real Change Guildford.

The Real Change You Can Make

£340 made it possible for Ralph to leave his previous life behind and start again. Ralph has made amazing strides to rebuild his life and has successfully sustained his accommodation for over 5 months now. Ralph is working with employment support services in his local area to access employment opportunities. This will help make meaningful use of his time, meet new people and create new memories. We wish Ralph all the very best for the future.

Real Change Guildford is a campaign to end homelessness in the borough by preventing homelessness in the first place. We are here to ensure no one becomes homeless for the sake of a few pounds. For those that are currently homeless, Real Change can support people to exit the streets through practical support. This could be providing rent in advance, white goods, or some respite to clear your head, some new shoes, a kettle, or even a brand new bed!

Real Change is a community approach owned by the community and committed to ending and preventing homelessness. There’s so much we can do to help. Your little change can make a big change, a real change for Guildford.

Help us to save lives by changing lives, come and get involved!