Ginette Msuya, 40, found herself forced out of her home after encountering severe problems with a neighbour.

Once a full-time carer, Ginette soon found herself without a job when seizures brought on by epilepsy and mental health problems made it impossible for her to continue.

Action Homeless were on hand to help Ginette in her time of need, as she explains: “I volunteered for Action Homeless in one of their hostels, which was a great opportunity to boost my CV. Unfortunately, I was unable to carry this on due to my epilepsy, but I hope I‘ll be able to volunteer again.“

The thriving local charity and social enterprise is committed to improving the lives of people affected by homelessness. But, tackling homelessness goes beyond providing a roof, and those in need have access to a wide range of services, which aim to tackle causes and consequences of their homelessness.

“Action Homeless have really been there for me over the last couple of years. I love the house I’m living in now, as I like having people around me, but there’s the added benefit of being able to have my own space when I want it.

My depression and anxiety means that sometimes I struggle to leave the house or communicate with people, so when I’m feeling really low, it’s nice to have my housemates nearby to help me. It really creates a sense of community within our home.”

Ginette went on to say: “Action Homeless are always on the end of the phone, too, and they’ll help me get back into work when my doctor says I’m ready to.

There are so many people affected by homelessness and charities like Action Homeless do an incredible job of helping reduce the amount of homeless people in the area.

They’ve helped to bring me out of my shell and regain my confidence. I would definitely recommend anyone who is homeless or at risk of being homeless to get in touch with them, or organisations like them in other areas.”

The Leister based charity has helped individuals and families across the UK, and last year alone, provided emergency housing and special support to over 400 people.

British Gas is a proud supporter of the organisation, and a number of British Gas employees from Leicester have been involved in helping pack donations to those in need.

Homelessness really can happen to anyone and when it does it has widespread and devastating impact. If you would like to help Action Homeless reach their target of 100 beds for homeless people in 2018, you can donate here.

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