Real life stories – blog post

Words: Amy on January 28, 2020

We’re excited to introduce our new weekly blog. Featuring insight, commentary and reflection on topics surrounding homelessness, from people we know and who we’re sure you’ll enjoy hearing from.

Our first blog post comes from Tania Thompson, trustee at HBH and wife of our founder Jasper.  Tania is a keen volunteer at the HBH site and is understandably very proud of the progress that’s been made at the project. She’s been by Jasper’s side since the start in 2017, whilst also being a passionate midwife…

My journey to becoming a midwife was long and very hard. First the access course, then an unsuccessful university interview. Try again the next year they said! I was devastated.

I found employment as a full time carer for a year to enhance skills relevant to the role. I then applied to university again, but didn’t even get an interview this time. I couldn’t believe it and didn’t understand why, so I went to an open day and waited all day for the lecturer to finish her talks so I could ask for advice. She listened to me and did the most wonderful thing. She invited me in for interview! I was so elated but knew I had to get it right this time. My perseverance paid off and I was offered an unconditional place.

I didn’t begin my training until I was 40 years old. I didn’t think I would get through it, but I did and I’m now in my 6th year of being qualified! Amazing.

Volunteering with Help Bristol’s Homeless, I am pleased to say that I have not personally come across any pregnant women living on the streets. But if anyone does, please encourage them to seek maternity care if they have not done so already – for the well-being of not only baby but also themselves.

I have supported many women from all different walks of life and treat them with respect and care they deserve.

There are a few reasons for this post..

    • To encourage others to follow their dreams and not give up easily
    • Don’t always use your age as an excuse
    • Be kind to others as without the kindness of the university lecturer I wouldn’t be where I am today
    • Be mindful of how you speak to others as words and attitude can be very damaging
    • Remember we all have a background, but deserve a chance
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