I feel secure knowing that there is someone here for me 24/7, in case my anxieties ever get to a level where I can't control them, and need staff to help me.

There are support staff here to help me in case I ever become so ill that I need treatment, or need to go to hospital. Having support overnight means that there is always someone there to monitor the situation and take the right steps to make me feel better.

Support workers who do sleep-in shifts do so well being away from home, and I know it may be hard for them, especially if they are staying away from their loved ones.

It's nice having people here all the time, especially when we get to do activities like film nights, singing nights and have a take-away.

I also enjoy having the support to complete my college coursework in the evenings. 

Lastly, I feel that support workers who do sleep-in shifts, and all support staff, are very hard-working and brave when having to work under pressure.

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