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"It feels like home now!"

Jenny joined Make It Your Own as she had lost her job during the Covid-19 lock down restrictions and was struggling with her mental health. She felt she had lost her independence and had overwhelming feelings of anxiety and depression. She really wanted her home to be a space she could relax in but didn’t know where to start. Jenny lived with her boyfriend who is also care experienced and in a similar situation where he had also lost his job and was suffering with severe anxiety. Both were feeling stuck.

During covid-19 lockdown MIYO ran virtually and Jenny took part in the online sessions. She was chatty and open about her mental health during her online digital sessions and had lots of ideas about what she would like her house to be like but struggled to focus on one idea and didn’t know where to start. Her house was cluttered and it was overwhelming her.

Jenny started with a creative air dry session and it gave her a boost and she found it relaxing to create more clay trinkets in her evenings. During Jenny’s sessions she preferred chatting through her week, then making plans for organising her home. Jenny had complained about having too much rubbish in her kitchen as she hadn’t been recycling and let the bins overflow. Her first buy was storage and recycle bins for her kitchen. Jenny commented within a week that she had started cooking again because the kitchen was clear and it gave her motivation to do more.

Her next project was the bathroom. She disliked the colour and design on the bathroom tiles and her bathroom floor was all marked. Jenny ordered specialist paint and painted her tiles and floor giving the bathroom a complete makeover. She also bought lights for her toilet and is now really delighted with the final outcome. Jenny’s boyfriend was inspired by what Jenny was doing and asked to join MIYO as well. Between both their sessions they became much more motivated and encouraged each other to do more.

“Doing MIYO has really made us more motivated to keep the house nice. It feels like home now.” - Jenny

Just as Jenny was completing her final session she was able to start back working and commented that having the house look nice and the kitchen clear she feels so much better coming home. She can relax on her days off and even makes herself packed lunches now the kitchen is clear and she enjoys cooking again.

“It’s been really good for us, we are working as a team to get the house nice instead of just staying in bed or watching telly all day, now we are looking at what we can do to make it nice.” - Jenny

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