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Suzy

Suzy

Name: Suzy Sorby
Age: 19
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Cwmbran, South-Wales
Campaign: Raise awareness of homelessness

There are quite a few homeless people in my area of South Wales, and I already work with a community housing group to help some of these homeless young people find their feet.

 

But through my work, I have noticed there are still a lot of misconceptions about homelessness, and homeless people.

 

Many members of the public do not understand the hardship homeless people face, or the difficulties they encounter when trying to re-enter ‘normal’ life.

 

Through our campaign, we hope to break the stereotypes people hold against homeless people, showing them the extent of homelessness in our area and what can be done to help.

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

 

Billie James Ellie Bowen
Helen Clutterbuck Martyn Thomas
Paige Jones Rhys Wilcox
Sian Notley Sophie Evans
Stephen Woodland Thomas Fullick

Bron Afon Community Housing

The group I work with who help give homeless people support and shelter.

 

Shelter Cymru

Rebecca Evans supported me on my broadcast piece by discussing with me why people become homeless.

 

Nikki Giant, Full Circle

Thank you for your support and your positive feedback, saying:

 

'It was so good to have you there on Friday, and thank you so, so much for all your help! The Fixers were brilliant and I'm so grateful to them.'

 

Esther Nagle - Women's Workshop Coordinator

Thank you for the positive feedback, saying:

 

'Brilliant project, teaching young people to solve and share their own problems.'

September 2013

I've been nominated for a Youth Champion Award for my work raising awareness about homelessness. Click here to read the full article. 

 

June 2013

I held a screening of my project to an audience of young people. By asking the audience 'What are your thoughts on youth homelessness?' both before and then after the film, we discovered to our delight that we had changed the audiences perspectives.

 

People who had originally answered that it was a disgrace and that they believed homelessness was due to drugs and alcohol, now understood that homeless young people are misunderstood and that social perceptions need to change.

 

9th May 2013

My story was broadcast on ITV News Cymru Wales, and was followed by a live television interview where I answered questions about homeless.

 

To view the film and my interview, you can click on this link, or click the picture below:

 

 

 

March 2013

Full Circle covered the event celebrating International Women's Day. Click here to read the article.

 

8th March 2013

I attended an event with two fellow Fixers in Cardiff to speak about my project, and celebrate International Women's Day. People in attendance described the event as 'Amazing' and 'Inspiring'.

 

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