Kara's Story

Kara had a difficult, unstable childhood, but by providing her with the support she needed, we were able to help her secure a brighter future.

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Kara arrived at her local End Youth Homeless member charity at the end of July 2019.  Kara had a challenging childhood: her mum’s poor mental health ultimately led to Kara moving out to live with her aunt, before eventually being placed into care. 

Upon leaving school, Kara moved into a shared house, and was working hard in a pub to pay the rent.  Unfortunately, after 6 months her housemate left and Kara struggled to pay the full rent by herself.  A few months later, Kara felt she had no choice but to move back in with her mum.  But it was soon clear that her mum’s health had worsened, and after a violent episode, Kara had to leave for her own safety.

Following a short stay in supported accommodation, Kara was referred to her local EYH member charity. She was able to access the YBS-funded Rent Deposit Scheme, which enabled her to move into suitable shared accommodation. 

Kara is excited about what the future holds, and with a secure place to live, she now feels able to focus on her job and her future.  Kara is looking forward to progressing in hospitality, and dreams of running her own place one day.

The charity also helped Kara with her mental health, giving her the support she needed to deal with her complex family relationships, and the trauma she experienced in childhood. 

Kara is grateful for the help she received from her local EYH charity, and feels she is in a much stronger place…

“Being here, you have to focus on yourself and this place has taught me so much about myself and given me the confidence to believe in myself again.”

- Kara

We want to support as many young people like Kara as possible. COVID-19 is likely to cause a surge in youth homelessness, and we need your help to put a stop to it. Please support our urgent COVID appeal via our JustGiving page here.