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Stoll is the leading provider of supported housing for Veterans, helping the most vulnerable Service leavers by providing them with an affordable home to rent and the support they need to lead independent lives. Here’s how Stoll helped one individual turn her life around …
Tina joined the Navy in 1989. After leaving school and working in a local bank for a few years, joining the military was a chance for her to begin a career she could progress in. Tina loved her time as a ‘wren’. Eager to learn, she quickly qualified as a first-class radio operator and spent seven years in the Navy. One of her operations included being based in Naples working for NATO.
Towards the end of her time in the Navy, Tina married a sailor. She found there was a lot of strain on their relationship during the early years, being based in two different countries, and decided to end her career with the Navy in 1996 to focus on their marriage for a time. She was able to take course during her resettlement, which qualified her to teach English as a foreign language. Sadly, Tina’s marriage became an abusive environment for her and she quickly left the relationship.
Having always loved Italy, Tina moved back to the country she had been based in during her time in the Navy and had a successful career for many years, leading executive training courses in companies and also working as an interpreter. After seven further years of living in Italy, Tina returned to the UK as she needed to study for a degree in order to continue professionally.
She began the first year of her bachelor’s degree heavily pregnant. The excitement of starting a new family with her new partner, though, was short-lived. He became abusive towards Tina, she took on a lot of his debt, and lost her savings and mortgage as a result. As Tina’s home situation escalated, she swiftly realised she needed to escape with her four-year-old daughter. Wanting to complete her degree, Tina was accepted into a domestic violence refuge near London, to allow her to continue with her final year of study.
Realising this time was her lowest ebb, Tina reached out for help. A Naval contact put her in touch with Stoll, which was able to offer Tina a two-bed flat immediately for her and her daughter. Tina was offered support to move and contribute towards making new home and start for her family. She was funded to continue her study and is currently finishing a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck University.
Tina says: ‘I really don’t know where I would be without Stoll. It doesn’t bear thinking about. My hope for the future now is for my daughter to remain as happy as she is and for me to get a job that I can really apply myself to. I’ve always been desperate to learn and, with my MA under my belt, I’m certain I can find meaningful employment for my future.’
At Stoll, we know that a number of Veterans find themselves at risk of homelessness, experience rough sleeping or reside in inadequate accommodation. We’re here to help. Take a look at our criteria to find out if you are eligible to apply for housing with Stoll: www.stoll.org.uk/housing/at-stoll/apply-for-housing
Stoll is the leading provider of supported housing for Veterans. Most people who leave the Armed Forces transition effectively back into civilian life. But not everyone does. Stoll supports the most vulnerable Service Leavers by providing people with an affordable home to rent and the support they need to lead independent lives. The charity, Walking With The Wounded, provides Stoll with an Employment Advisor to support Veterans to get a job or training.
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Stoll’s outreach team provides advice and support to Service leavers and Veterans on a wide range of issues, from housing to work and benefits to access to expert healthcare: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7385 2110.
Stoll’s drop-in runs every second Wednesday of the month at its Fulham site (see above), in the Community Hall
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