This story, along with a video was featured on the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire website after Doorway received Children in Need funding. The video is at Doorway offices should anyone wish to see it. Her name has been changed to protect her identity.
Rebecca from Atherstone found herself homeless at just 16 years old. With help from the BBC's Children In Need she now faces a brighter future. In this video, for the first time, she shares her story
Rebecca now getting settled in her flat.
Rebecca is scared to reveal her identity.
In this moving video, we are given a rare insight into the situation of a young person facing homelessness. Rebecca had to leave her broken parental home at 16 years old and found herself sleeping on various friends' sofas until she eventually moved into a hostel in Atherstone
Rebecca’s support worker visits
In her story she describes the fear and loneliness of that time, but also shares the positive aspects, as even at her lowest point she managed to complete her GCSE exams.
She was supported through this period - practically and emotionally - by a support worker from Doorway. The charity, which works with homeless people in North Warwickshire, was able to employ a worker specifically for the under 18 age group, thanks to funds from the BBC's Children In Need. As Rebecca says in the video, “it’s eye-opening to see the breadth of work and the importance of both Doorway and Children In Need, to our local teenagers and not just to school children”.
Since the making of this video in November 2006, Rebecca went on to finish her GCSE's and got brilliant grades and is now taking her A-levels.