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After finding herself homeless at the age of 11, Georgia has turned her life around, built a successful career and helped inspire others through charity work.
Georgia was forced out of the family home by her alcoholic mother’s unpredictable behaviour. Desperate, she called her sister, who was living in a room in a hostel. She says: “Being homeless at 11 is terrifying. You feel isolated and stressed.”
By 14 Georgia had moved into a room of her own in a council-run hostel. Surrounded by older people and with no support, she would sit alone in her room for hours, too scared to come out.
The start of her remarkable turnaround came when she was appointed a support worker from homeless charity Centrepoint. Georgia says: ‘He dragged me to north London and sat me down with The Prince’s Trust.’ The Trust was reaching out to unemployed young people through its Get Into Construction programme. Georgia applied and was stunned to discover she had been accepted. She was offered two jobs as a result and is now a site manager for SDP Solutions.
Georgia now rents her own flat. She is also involved with training other young people to work in construction. She says: ‘There was a time I thought I wouldn’t have a job, let alone a career that I love. The training element of my job is important to me because if I wasn’t given the chance then I don’t know where I’d be.’
Milly, 20 from Dartford, faced some tough challenges growing up. When she was 12, her mother died suddenly. This led to Milly moving home several times over the course of her teenage life. While living with different family members Milly suffered physical and mental abuse. Social services had to intervene.
Struggling to deal with her problems and suffering from the emotional abuse all this took its toll and Milly experienced mental health problems including depression and an eating disorder. Three months of homelessness followed where she sofa surfed and even spent nights wandering the streets looking for somewhere safe to sleep.
Feeling desperate and alone, she attempted to take her own life. She was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for three months and decided to leave school after her low attendance made her feel like it was impossible to carry on.
It was Milly’s keyworker at the YMCA who referred her to The Prince’s Trust. Milly says: “I was so nervous before the programme started but I was told The Prince’s Trust could help me so I wanted to at least give it a try.”
After successfully completing the programme and feeling much more confident, Milly completed her A Levels and has now secured sustainable full time employment. Milly is an advocate of The Prince’s Trust and volunteers both for them as a Young Ambassador and also at local homeless charities.