"Andy is a really empathetic and driven young man who is extremely kind, polite and he always puts others first.
It would be great to see him finally get what he needs to achieve his goals."
- Tom (St Pancras Church)
Andy was, and still is, an extremely hard working young man. He had worked a variety of jobs while he was still at school; in a number of different factories as an agency, as well as at a steel engineering firm.
Unfortunately, as a teenager, his mental health deteriorated and this led to substance abuse issues, with each worsening the other. This caused his relationship with his parents, his friends and his wider family to break down.
"I feel stuck in my hostel situation" - Andy
Andy was discharged in July 2018 and has stayed clean ever since. He started attending a college course in bricklaying.
However, progress towards true independence has been slow. Andy was placed in a hostel with 7 other housemates. The cost of which is so high that it takes up nearly all of his benefits payments. Most weeks, Andy is left with less than £50 to cover all of his expenses throughout the week. He is often unable to make ends without the support of volunteer networks run by locals.
As such, saving up for a more affordable, privately rented flat is impossible. Furthermore, Andy is unable to secure any paid apprenticeships or part-time jobs, as this would disqualify him from certain benefits payments and he would then be kicked out of his social housing project, leaving him homeless.
Andy has worked incredibly hard to get himself to where he is today and he is mending his relationship with his family. Andy sorely needs a one-time boost to get into stable accommodation and get the basics necessary for an apprenticeship; an affordable place to live, a bike to get to work, and essential tools.
Your generosity will help an ambitious and hardworking young man leave behind his past, and start a new life in stable accommodation.