Harry is a 6 year old boy who was forced to flee his home with mum Jess, leaving his beloved dog, Scruff, behind. Here is his story.
6 months ago we had to move to refuge. I couldn’t take anything with me, not even my dog, Scruff. There were lots of scary things happening at home, my dad was hurting my mum a lot. One day she seemed really scared and said it’s time to go.
I haven’t been home since.
Before coming to refuge I felt very nervous but I liked it there because I felt safe and no one was shouting. It was actually quite fun living there, there was a family support worker who organised lots of games to play and I could talk to her about things that happened at home.
When Mum and I started to feel better Solace helped us find a new home and they are still helping us.
Mum says I will need to keep seeing my family support worker for a while, which is good because she helps me know how not to feel angry or sad. I have started a new school and made some new friends. I am enjoying playing football and playing with Scruff. It’s good to feel safe and see my Mum smile again.
- This year 754 women and their children were given safe accommodation at one of our 19 refuges in London
- This year Solace supported 2304 children and young people to build stronger, safer futures.