Things at home had always been chaotic. Mum suffered with various mental health issues, and I was often left in charge of my brother and sister. My brother had severe learning disabilities making this extra challenging. On top of that, I was mostly in charge of the household responsibilities.
At school, I was bullied a lot, and this left me feeling anxious and isolated most of the time. However, I knew I wanted to escape this life. I found the confidence to apply to college because I really wanted to become a hairdresser. I was so happy when they offered me a place on the course. However, My mum told me I could not attend the course as we could not afford the course equipment that the college required. This included a laptop for remote learning and a uniform for when I was in the classroom. My mum told me to tell the college I could not accept the placement.
But I didn't want to give up on this dream. I decided that despite my anxiety, I would get a part-time job in order to save up so I could purchase the items I needed for the course. But then COVID happened, and I couldn’t get a job. I was devastated that I may not be able to start the course. I couldn’t think of another way.
Then a friend told me about End Youth Homelessness, so I approached my local charity for help. I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m so glad I found them. A support worker helped me to complete an application for a bursary, and I soon received the equipment I needed to start the course, including a laptop and my uniform.
I was overjoyed that I was able to start the course.
It is going so well and I am excited about gaining a skill that could get me a job in the future, so that I will be able to support myself. Thank you to my EYH charity for all the support they gave me.
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