Charlotte describes her experience in residential childcare and the staff who helped her succeed

Feb 19, 2020 | Follow My Journey

When I first went to Nether Johnstone House I was terrified. I had never been in care before. It was overwhelming when I walked in. There were all these people. They seemed nice enough but I just wanted to be alone. It took a couple of weeks to settle in and to get to know people.

I started to feel comfortable, and I really enjoyed going out on activities like playing pool, bowling, fishing and going to the cinema. When I was old enough, I loved going to the bingo! I also liked washing the cars and painting the outdoor decking.

I had good relationships with most of the staff. I even had my favourite five staff members.

I have so many good memories with the staff and young people at Nether Johnstone, like going to Millport and getting really badly sunburnt. Going to Blackpool glamping, going to London, and doing Sleep in the Park which was freezing! I also remember taking one of the staff members to Lochwinnoch to feed the swans and the staff member was terrified of them which was hilarious.

I lived in Nether Johnstone House for three years and they were the best. I’ve had my ups and downs but they never gave up on me and I can’t thank them enough.

When I was told I was moving I was terrified again having to start over in my own flat. Not having people there 24/7 was a scary thought, but the staff reassured me I would be okay and that they would stay in touch which they have done.

Now I am standing on my own two feet and that’s because of all the help and support the staff gave me. They have made a huge difference in my life and I can’t thank them enough.