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Homeless teen swamped with help after highlighting her plight
A HOMELESS teenager has been swamped with offers of help since highlighting her plight in The Northern Echo last week.
Pixie, 19, had been regularly sleeping rough in a bandstand at Darlington’s South Park – saying she felt safer there than she would if she stayed in a hostel or B&B.
The teen, originally from Newton Aycliffe, feared accepting offers of temporary hostel accommodation would make her more vulnerable by forcing her to live in housing often shared with drug addicts and ex-convicts.
She has now been offered help by the organisation Rocsolid, who offer specialised supported housing for vulnerable young people.
A spokesman said: “How are people supposed to succeed in life with nowhere suitable to live and no roof over their head.
“They have little chance of getting employment or stability and are more likely to suffer from depression and low self-esteem.
“Pixie will deteriorate very quickly if she continues like this. If people like her are not helped in the first few weeks, they could end up doing all sorts.
“She is vulnerable and could easily be taken advantage of. Helping her at this early stage is essential.”
The offer from Rocsolid is one of many ways people have reached out to Pixie since she shared her story.
She said: “A lot of people have approached me after recognising me and have offered to buy me meals or have just chatted to me, it’s been really sweet to have random people show they care.
“I am glad I spoke out so people can understand something needs to be done, you cannot just leave people on the streets.
“I am no sob-story and I am just one person. There are lots like me and I will deal with any negativity to highlight this issue and maybe help others.
“I don’t want people to give me money or buy me things, the best thing anyone can do is come up to me and ask me how I’m doing today, it makes me feel human.
“It’s a shame it takes getting your face in the paper to have people do that. I wish people would look around them more.
“Somebody could be having the worst day of their lives and talking to them or smiling will make a difference and make them feel they are not forgotten.”
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