|Campaign:||I found myself homeless and involved in drugs at an early age|
When I was 16 I went through a pretty tough time. Things at home just weren’t good and it got to the point where it was unbearable and I ended up leaving. At first I crashed at mates houses ‘sofa surfing’ for a while but that didn’t last long. After struggling to find somewhere to live I ended up going to a local housing advice centre and that’s when I became officially homeless in the system. I spent 6 months living in a hostel in Newcastle. I was actually working during my time living there but many of the other people were living off benefits and taking drugs. It was hard to resist getting involved – some days I’d just feel like giving up work and joining them.
Recently, I made a film with my friends to show the reality of being homeless, how the system fails lots of young people and how drugs became part of everyday life in the hostel. You can watch it here.
I now living in my own flat and I’m about to complete my degree at Newcastle College in Television & Media. My love of the arts has helped me through tough times and I intend to use it to continue to help other young people who find themselves in the same situation as me.