Hello, my name is Ben, I’m 22 and I’m an apprentice as a Digital Champion at a school. I live with my girlfriend (also 22) – who has just become a uni student – in a block of flats. We only moved in May 2021 but we have a lease until may 2022. Our current rent drains both mine and my girlfriends accounts every month (mine constantly has a negative balance) which means we’re barely scraping enough money to buy our shopping. After buying the shopping and our rent is paid, we have virtually nothing between us and we are never able to do anything with each other. I work so hard at my job and I love it so much but it’s only apprenticeship wages and my girlfriends’ loan only cover living costs. We don’t/can’t spend our money on anything, we can’t even save as our outgoings are more than our income. I know a lot of people will wonder why we don’t just move back home or get our parents to help us but due to my dad never being around and my mum passing away last year and my girlfriend being kicked out of her home, we were forced to find a place for ourselves. Living like this has caused my depression to become quite severe and I’m trying to seek out medical help for this, but this has added pressure to my girlfriend as she does her best day in and day out to keep my motivation up and tries to bring out my happiness and the happy guy she fell in love with back, but there’s only so much she can do. I never want to put too much stress on her. We are extremely worried about the future. This attempt of trying to get money is our last resort as we’ve tried everything else and been denied access to other means to gaining ANY extra money we can. I’m hoping that someone somewhere out there will recognise that I’m not just trying to get people to give me money for nothing here. Personally I hate money and I wish it never existed and all humans were equal but annoyingly and upsettingly it does exist, and it’s a very real thing, which causes problems for us every day, let alone every month. This most likely won’t get any attention at all as there’s other people on here and similar places in worse situations than us, but at this point I’m willing to try anything. Thank you to anyone that even reads our post. I have provided my email address if anybody wishes to contact me or ask any questions.