• Zinnia's Story

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    Aged 5, Zinnia’s mum kicked her and her dad out. Her dad was an alcoholic who she would spend most of her time trying to hide from to escape the abuse he inflicted on her.

    When Zinnia turned 9 she was placed into foster care.

    Growing up Zinnia dreamed of becoming a mum and having a normal life. Zinnia fell pregnant at 16. Throughout her pregnancy she fought to be able to keep her baby. When her daughter was born, Zinnia suffered with post-natal depression and couldn’t cope. She felt like everyone was on her back and no one was helping or supporting her. Wanting a better life for her daughter she agreed to her adoption. Zinnia didn’t want her daughter to have a bad childhood like she did, she found it hard to make the decision but knew it was the best thing for her daughter.

    After Zinnia’s daughter was adopted she locked herself away for 9 months, not wanting to leave her flat or see anyone she moved around a lot, first living with her ex, then his mum, then sofa surfing.

    After a while she managed to get a flat from the council. At this time Zinnia also came to Centrepoint where we gave her emotional support for her mental-health.

    “Meeting my keyworker, Emma, for the first time I was really nervous, but she was very bubbly and cheerful and made me feel more comfortable. She made sure I was paying all my bills and keeping on track. She helped me with debt and arrears, setting up payment plans. If I had an appointment at the doctors and I didn’t want to go by myself, she would go with me. There were tough times where I would avoid her, or push her away, but she was the only person that didn’t give up and kept on trying. I’ve managed to build up trust with Emma, which is a big achievement.”

    Today Zinnia is thriving in her new flat. She receives yearly updates about her daughter and has secured her dream job as a painter and decorator. Her dream is to one day own her own home so that her daughter will be proud of her.

    “I’ve had such a rough life, but it has made me a stronger person. I’ve had more positive experiences recently. My goal is to finish my apprenticeship and own my own home. Everything I am doing now is to make my daughter proud of me and to show other young people that no matter what has been thrown at you there is always hope, believe in yourself and you will achieve your dreams." Show less
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