Knowing what it’s like to feel alone and not have a permanent residence, ‘Sara’ is helping homeless young people find support.
Her story was broadcast on ITV Granada Reports on Thursday 7th August.
The 18-year-old from Merseyside, whose real name has not been used, says she was abandoned by her mother, who left the family home two years ago.
After alerting school staff of the situation, Sara was referred to the local authority and is now urging others with similar experiences to talk about their problems.
‘I had a very rocky childhood,’ explains Sara. ‘My mum had an alcohol problem and her partner was violent towards her.
‘When I was 15, I told someone about it, but my family turned against me saying they were going to leave. The worry of not knowing whether I’d become homeless was horrible and frightening.
‘The only reason I didn’t end up on the streets was because I told my teacher, who helped me find supported accommodation.
‘My campaign is to show that it’s not just adults who can be homeless - it impacts young people too and it’s alright to talk about it.’
Appearing in the broadcast is David Carter, Chief Executive of The Whitechapel Centre, a homeless and housing charity, who explains how the issue can affect young people.
‘Family breakdowns, including parents asking their children to leave, is the primary cause of homelessness in young people,' he explains.
‘There is a stigma attached to it and therefore communication is the way to overcome that.’
With Fixers, Sara has produced a leaflet to support others her age, who may be experiencing a similar ordeal.
Click the image below to read more about Sara's Fix.
She adds: ‘For me, there wasn’t much information on where to go, so hopefully this campaign will make it easier for other young people.
‘It has taken a lot of courage to speak out about my story, so I'm happy to use my negative experience and turn it into a positive one for someone else.’
For further information, help and advice, visit the ChildLine website or call them free and confidentially on 0800 1111.
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