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How the right support can turn a life around
Kayleigh became homeless at the age of 17. In spite of all that she has been through, she wants to pass on a message of gratitude and hope.
“I had to leave my home and my family suddenly when I was 17. I was in danger of being attacked if I stayed – I can’t say any more about it here, but it was horrible, as you can imagine.
“For three weeks I was homeless. It was really scary and made me very anxious. I didn’t know where I would stay from one day to another. Fortunately, some of my friends let me sleep on their sofas and floors. Otherwise I would have been on the street.
“I am really thankful that I was offered a place in a young person’s scheme after three weeks, or I don’t know what would have happened. When I was dropped off at the scheme with my stuff I was terrified. I was frightened by stories I’d heard about hostels. But the staff there are great and they’ve helped me so much.”
“When I became homeless I was studying photography at college. It was hard to keep doing the course, but one of my teachers gave me a lot of support so that I didn’t fall behind or have to give it up.
“I’ve always loved photography. I used to walk with my mum and dog in woodland near the Humber Bridge. It’s beautiful and you see lots of birds. I’d do photoshoots with my dog.
“I used to look back at the pictures and it would make me smile, and I wanted to make other people smile.”
“I am so thankful to Church Housing Trust for funding the software I need to continue my course. I felt like it was Christmas.
“Thank you ever so much. I’m having trouble going into college because of all the changes, but now I can do my work at home. You have no idea how much this is going to help me with my studies and my anxiety.
“You see so much tragedy and fake news, but that’s not all that’s out there. You need to show people there is a better world, there are communities and people helping each other.”
Some of the photos Kayleigh has taken during her course.
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