Thankfully, I discovered the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS) offices when walking to the Job Centre. The ABS has since become my light at the end of a long dark tunnel – even though I’d never imagined they would help someone young like myself.
The ABS was there for me in so many ways – I went from feeling trapped and with no way out to a place of security and positivity. The ABS staff welcomed me, listened to me and reminded me that support is available for people in my position. Their grant helped me pay my bills, get back on my feet and rebuild my confidence.
With ABS on my side, I did not have to give up on my dream of working in the architectural industry.
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