Sally, 30, from Bristol was unemployed for two years and struggling with mental health issues. She found herself homeless and living in supported accommodation, not knowing where to turn.
After studying illustration at university, Sally experienced tough times. The relationship with her partner fell apart and she became homeless. She managed to find accommodation in supported housing, but was struggling to find any positives with her life.
“Every area of my life seemed like a disaster and that combined with my mental health issues, made it really difficult for me to see a happy future. I wanted to get into work but I didn’t feel up to it. I felt unnerved about my future.
Sally wanted to put her illustration skills to use and pursue self-employment, so she approached The Prince’s Trust with her business idea.
“During the Enterprise programme, I started to understand more about running a business including bookkeeping, tax, marketing and the legal side too.
It was then that Sally decided to set up her own company, Sally Darby Illustrations. She specialises in producing designs for children’s publishing, stationery, kids’ products and surface patterns.
“With help from some incredible people and using all the internal strength available to me, I have managed to get myself to a place where I feel I can now focus on achieving my dreams. Being able to draw every day makes me feel as well as I can be. I found life really hard before, but now I’ve got a positive focus, which has literally helped save my life,” adds Sally.
Sally was selected by our retail partner, FatFace, as a winner of the 2016 Tomorrow’s Talent competition. Her designs will be featured on a range of accessories in store at the end of the year.