Posted 22/09/2022

How Swan’s Foyer has helped Daniel bounce back from adversity

After the death of his baby son in May 2021 Daniel’s mental health spiralled, but thanks to a new job and the support of staff at Swan’s Heather Court foyer, he has managed to rebuild his life.

22-year-old Daniel’s mental health had severely declined and he was diagnosed with depression and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

He found himself unemployed and uninspired, yet through the support of the staff at the Heather Court Foyer in Essex and his own resilience and bravery, Daniel began to bounce back.

Swan foyers provide a safe, caring place for young people aged 16-25 years of age who need supported housing to live, learn and make the transition to independent adulthood.

Since losing his son Daniel has managed to secure a full-time job that he loves and a record deal to pursue his music career.

Daniel said: “Last year I went through a rough patch when I lost my son. I was off work for months but then I found a new role working with children with special needs and together with the support of the foyer staff it changed my life for the better.

“I want to do my son proud. He might not be here now but he’s still in my heart.”

Through the Talking Therapies and the Connecting Minds Selfology project, Daniel focused on healing and supporting others, which is something he has a passion for. He now runs sports activities programmes for young people with special educational needs (SEN).

He also said that at times it has been hard living at the foyer because it’s where his son died but the staff have fully supported him and played an important role in keeping his mental health in check.

A foyer doesn’t just meet a housing need, it makes a difference in the lives of young people by offering them opportunities to reconnect with learning, increase their employability, improve their health and wellbeing and develop their leadership potential.

Looking ahead to the future Daniel said: “I want to continue to work with special needs children whilst pursuing my music career. I’ve been signed by a record label who are investing in me and I’ll be releasing music soon. I am so grateful for the support I have received from the staff at the Foyer to help me get to where I am.”

Note: Daniel’s name has been changed to protect his identity.