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Antonia W

Antonia W

Name: Antonia Weaver
Age: 22
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Telford, West Midlands
Campaign: To challenge negative perceptions of those who are homeless

I strongly believe that nobody chooses to be homeless.

 

When young people do leave home, they often have no control over the circumstances that lead them to do so.

 

I was 16 when I became homeless as a result of conflict where I’d been living.

 

But, I was one of the lucky ones - a charity found me a place to live in a hostel for young women. There are many others that don’t get that same opportunity, because no-one will help them.

 

With Fixers, I want to make sure that people have a better understanding of homelessness. They should appreciate that being homeless affects people in different ways and doesn’t always mean living on the streets.

 

By raising awareness of the issue, I hope I encourage people to be more supportive of those without a permanent residence.

 

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:

 

Jason Bowmanny Nathaniel Jones
Crystal Taylor Sharna Gray
Zoe Mode Stephanie Hancox
Kay Bennett Elle Palmer
Nathanael Stewart Aaron Cooper
Nikki Bennett Isac Kingsley
Andrew Gaffney Sarah Beckett
Tessa Lynam Jonathon Law
Nathan Carey Kieran Greirson
Ben Hope Oliver Winwood
Fabian Atkinson Rheo Daley

Stay Telford
The team at Stay Telford, an organisation that provides housing and support for young people and families, have supported my Fix. They helped me through homelessness and now, John Green, the Director, has agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast piece.

 

Birmingham City Mission

Thank you to Wesley Erpen, CEO of the Birmingham City Mission, for providing us space to film interviews and giving us access to an empty building that they own to shoot some of the homeless scenes in our Fixers film.

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