Jen's Story

COVID-19 is putting vulnerable young people at huge risk. Jen’s story shows just how vital it is that EYH services stay open during this difficult time.

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When Jen’s personal circumstances changed for the worse, she and her baby daughter turned to sofa surfing, desperate for a safe place to live. As a temporary solution, Jen was due to move into a caravan park offered by a friend. But when #COVID-19 hit the nation, the park shut down, leaving her with nowhere else to go.

“The stress was unbelievable and the uncertainty was horrible – especially because I also had my little girl to think of. I just felt so guilty that we had nowhere to go.”

Jen heard that EYH’s Rent Deposit Scheme, delivered by her local EYH member charity, would be able to give her the support she needed.

“Once I found a property with the help of Michala, it all moved really quickly. Michala helped me to sort all the paperwork and they were able to guarantee the rent deposit, which meant I was able to get the property.”

“I’m so happy – it’s another thing that’s off my back. The scheme has also helped me to buy things like furniture and bedding.”

We are proud to have supported Jen into a safe home during COVID-19. With your help, we can support more young people into a positive future despite the heightened challenges they face. Please donate to our urgent COVID appeal today.