When I was 14 I went to live in a children’s home for four years.
I struggled with finance when I first moved in to my own place; I didn’t know how to manage my money at first and I was sometimes a bit daft with it. I gambled with it and I was a bit silly.
I was gambling about every other week. I was using arcade machines – slot machines and things like that.
I realised I had bills to pay and that was more important, so I made the decision to stop.
Now I have got to grips with living independently. Everything has fallen into place and it’s all going great.
I’m part of a group of young people from across the county of Lancashire who are all care leavers.
With Fixers we have created a booklet to help young people who are preparing to leave the care system.
We know first-hand how difficult the change can be and we want to use our experiences to make it a smoother transition for others.
The following Fixers helped me with this Fix:
Kirsty Clarke, from The Children's Society, supported this Fix.
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Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.