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Anyone can become homeless, say ITV Fixers

Becoming homeless can happen to anyone. No-one's more aware of that than Vicky Preik and Kara Revell.

Now they want to get rid of stereotypes of homeless people being 'tramps' with alcohol and drug addictions, Vicky became homeless two years ago after a family relationship breakdown.

Kara ended up living in a tent at the age of 14, borrowing showers and food from friends or family.

They made a film for ITV Fixers

Fixers is giving young people a voice

A young man from Margate whose life spiralled out of control as a teenager after his mum died is using his experience to urge other youngsters to open up and seek help.

With the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - he's made a music video that he hopes can help other bereaved teens to get through the worst of times.


Fixers helps to give young people a voice

A young Hampshire woman - who spent her teens in care - is trying to help other 'looked after' children to steer the right course through life. Katy Hutchings says she lost her way, and got into trouble as a youngster.

She's concerned that children from care are more likely to get a criminal record and so she's enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to tell her story.

Jemma offers help with death and grief

A report from Fixers, the project which gives young people a voice. Jemma Addison is tackling the final taboo - death and grief - in the hope that she can help other young people avoid the terrifying effects of the loss of a close relative.

Winchester MP backs Fixers as UK's best charity

An MP for Winchester and Chandler's Ford is backing Fixers to be crowned as the UK's Best Charity at the National Lottery Awards 2014.

Steve Brine MP is championing the charity based in Winchester to raise awareness of the 13,000 young people Fixers have worked with since the charity was founded in 2008.

Steve Brine MP and Fixers Staff based in Winchester Credit: Fixers

“I’ve followed Fixers closely these past four years, met Fixers and hosted them in Parliament to tell the Fixers story to many other MPs.

They are a terrific national charity, based in Winchester I am proud to say and they make every penny work so hard by staying true to their foundation.

They deserve this recognition without question.”

– Steve Brine MP

The charity support young people in the local area with a diverse range of issues including mental health, suicide, chronic fatigue syndrome, and bullying.

Fixers are competing against six other projects to earn a prestigious prize and chance to appear on the television.


ITV Fixers: Mental health support in schools

It's supposed to be the best time of your life…but that's often not the case for many young people.

Government figures show that one in ten children of school age have a diagnosable mental health problem, including anxiety and depression.

The mental health charity, Young Minds, suggests that one in five show signs of an eating disorder.

In our latest update from Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - a young Hampshire woman, who had severe depression and anxiety as a teenager, is on a mission to ensure schools support their pupils.

'Cannabis nearly ruined my schooling'

It's every parent's nightmare. Your teenager gets heavily involved in drugs, and you don't even know it's happening.

In the first of our new series from Fixers - the campaign that helps young people make a difference - we meet teenager Jade Clement who says cannabis nearly ruined her school career, and cut her off from family and friends.

With government figures showing that nearly a third of young people have tried cannabis, and new research suggesting it may damage teenagers' brains, she's warning that the drug is no joke.