Henry's Story

From living in 'survival mode', Henry now has his eyes firmly set on the future.

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Henry had been sofa surfing for a year when he was referred to his local End Youth Homelessness charity at the start of the pandemic.

For the first 12 months, Henry was in ‘survival mode’. He struggled with restricted face-to-face support and felt isolated. Henry saw very few prospects for himself, his future, and a possible career path.

Thankfully, when restrictions began to lift, Henry opened up to his friends and support worker. Henry met with his Jobs Coach – Joe, who helped Henry build his confidence, as well as a picture of what he wanted his future to look like. Together, they worked on Henry’s CV and before long, Henry had secured himself a role at a Paintball Centre!

The only problem was that the Centre required Henry to have specific clothes and equipment for work – he was worried where he would be able to get this extra money. Thanks to the Employability Bursary, Henry was able to cover the additional costs without a worry, ready to start his new journey.

Henry says: “The bursary helped me to get the items I needed for work without having to worry about how I would pay for my monthly living expenses. It took the pressure off having to find extra money.”

Henry now sees himself as “a stronger person who lives with more purpose”. Looking to the future, he wants to be in his own property and take more responsibility for himself, having something he can call his own.

Henry comments: “This is my first job and it has given me so much more confidence in myself and shown that I am capable of more than I thought. I can now see myself doing more as I get older and more experienced.”

He also wants to keep growing, moving to a higher earning bracket and “not live in the bracket set for me by other people.

He adds: “Thanks to The Benjamin Foundation and Joe, the Job Coach, the last few months in particular have been a positive turnaround in my attitude and day to day living. I now have an eye on the future unlike before.”

We're so proud of you, Henry!

A huge thank you to The Benjamin Foundation for their wonderful staff and Eversheds Sutherland for their support. If you would like to donate to our Employability Bursary, please click here