My name is Ibrahim*, I’m 23 years old and I am from Sudan. Two years ago, I found myself homeless with nowhere to go and nobody to help me. I’d been given my refugee papers but I didn’t know how anything worked here. I was travelling on buses at night going from one end of the line to the other. I couldn’t sleep. I asked people for help but it was hard with limited English. I didn’t want people to think I was asking for money when I only wanted help. A man I met on the street told me about New Horizon and showed me the way there.
I was treated so well at New Horizon’s day centre. Having somewhere to eat and shower were the most important things to me, I really felt at home. I remember I didn’t have any knowledge of IT and the staff helped me to understand how to use a computer and get an email address. Without this help, learning online would have been impossible for me during the pandemic. I started education and improved my English. I had been feeling depressed and anxious but slowly, with New Horizon’s help, this was improving.
My situation now is getting much better - I feel like there is hope. I have safe accommodation and I want to continue my education. New Horizon’s Jobs, Education and Training team (JET) team referred me to further support and I’m now taking a training course to work in the security sector. I want to work, not be on benefits. One day I want to go to university and I’m working hard to get there.
People don’t know exactly how young people experiencing homelessness feel. We find ourselves in a situation we didn’t want to be in for so many different reasons. I hope they make it easier for young people in London to stay off the streets.
*Name changed for safeguarding reasons
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