Hi I’m Alexys I’m 19 from south London . I’m a care leaver under the London borough of lewisham ( a care leaver is someone who grew up in foster care and is still looked after social services but is over the age of 18)
I was moved to an assessment hostel when I turned 18 and got myself enrolled into a youth work apprenticeship and that’s when I started to fall behind on my rent of £188 per week ( an assessment hostel is where they see if you’re ready to be put in your own flat; as a careleaver when we turn 18 we are given ‘priority’ with housing) £188 per week may not seem like a lot but it was impossible to pay especially when my salary was only£650 monthly. I was advised to stop working and receive benefits but I wanted to grasp the opportunity of getting a qualification and working in the field I really enjoyed.
Since I grew up in the system it was down to social services to approve my move on to my new property .I did all that was required of me , but it was delayed due to the fact social services could not find a social worker to allocate to me . The delay caused my arrears to sky rocket further ( being moved on to a flat is much cheaper than being in a hostel ) .
Having turned 18 was now considered an adult and working I was expected to pay the full amount or I would have made myself intentionally homeless . My arrears currently stand at £1300 .
I live alone , I don’t have contact with my family members and day to day life is a constant struggle . This debt is going to follow me forever until it’s paid off and I just hate the fact that I’m already in so much debt at such a young age. I can’t eat I can’t sleep I’ve lost a ton of weight the stress is making me physically sick .
I’m a genuine person and I honestly just need some help for the situation I’m in