EDGES MAGAZINE Issue 16
THOUGHTS ARE WITH
THE YOUNG THIS CHRISTMAS
MET CAROLINE WHILE HOMELESS
to me, I think it's mainly for kids so they can enjoy themselves
with their parents, nothing else - to me its boring. There is
nothing in it for adults. When you are a kid you enjoy it but when
you get an adult its nothing.
I became homeless about
three years ago and I actually prefer to be on the streets myself
because it is better than being in a house. You can have more fun,
you haven't got as many responsibilities. You can meet new people,
make friends, make enemies, travel around. I was homeless for about
three years, I've been off the streets for a year and I am actually
thinking about going back on the streets.
I met Caroline
in Preston about two years in a place called "Fox Street",
its like a nightsafe place. We got to know each other properly, I
got Caroline in Fox Street, and I left and Caroline left.
Since being off the streets me and my partner have had two
kids, one's a little girl, one's a little boy, the little girl is 13
months old, the boy is coming up to 9 weeks, and they're both a
pain. But I love them really. Now I am a Dad you've got more
responsibilities than anything else. You've got to make sure that
kids stay on the straight and narrow, not get into crime, but that
won't be happening with me for another couple of years because
they're too young at the moment.
Kirk is 19.
CONTINUES TO BUILD HIS LIFE
became homeless last year. I was renting a house with a friend and
my friend left and because he left I had to leave; I didn't have
enough money to pay the rent. I never lived with my mum and I never
knew my dad; I lived with my Gran from 2 months old until I was 16.
At 16 I left home, I just wanted my own space to be by myself.
Since 16 years of age I have lived in different places, I lived
in Rhyll, Coventry, and different parts of Lancashire. I became
homeless when I was 19, but I got into a shelter and managed to find
a hostel. However, now I've got my own flat. I am now managing to
deal with my bills, I've got my gas and electric sorted out and
things are looking good.
I don't really have any hobbies,
but I am into all sorts of music. I especially like Pink Floyd.
is a friend of
is a friend of Edges Magazine. I think Christmas is boring, but in a
way I am thinking about it because of my children. That's the main
reason why I've come back over to get some money for Christmas
presents for them. I was first on the streets about four years ago
and its now been a years since I actually left the streets, and I am
actually thinking of going back on them. The reason why I am wanting
to go back on the streets is because on the streets you've got no
responsibilities for anyone and you can do what you want and no one
can stop you - apart from the police! My children are with my
brother at the moment, going back home tomorrow, and then we'll work
it out from there.
On the streets it is very cold. You
meet quite a few friends, some people you can get on with some
people you can't. You can travel all over the place. There are quite
a few problems on the streets, for example rape, and things like
that, which does scare people, especially me.
living in Leeds and she has been a frequent visitor to Edges over
the years, she is age 21.
WITH THE SYSTEM
have been in and out of care most of my life, going from
children's home to independent living places etc., and different
areas, I've gone up and down the country many times. I was
originally born in Blackpool, moved to Blackburn with my parents,
lived with them for a number of years, we moved down to Telford;
from there onwards I went into care. We left Telford when I turned
16, ended up back in Blackburn and from then onwards I've been on
At this precise moment in my life there are not
many options open to me and there's not many things I can do
because of my age. I am only 17 and most people don't want to know
unless you're 18 or above, or 25.
has appeared in
Edges Magazine previously
the last edition of Edges I have been in a hostel. I was given a
council flat. I was told that I wasn't entitled to the grant for
furniture etc. I was trying to get money together to afford
furniture and stopped at a friends. The Housing Benefit Officer
came to visit and when it was obvious that I wasn't staying there,
the council evicted me because Housing Benefit refused to pay the
rent. So now I am back to square one.
Christmas used to
mean a lot of fun and family etc., but now since I've got a bit
older its more expectations from family members.