These young people must face their challenges head on every day, often with very different fears to those that most of us experience.
We have at least two young people who have a fear of public transport; it is the fear of the unknown, of being on a bus or train and not sure where they have to alight, fearful of other passengers and crowds.
Another challenge for a young and homeless person is simply raising deposits for private rented accommodation and finding and speaking to landlords who are willing to accept housing benefit recipients as tenants.
By working with these young people we have discovered that they often have fears which prevent them moving forward. Their personal struggles are often with confidence, fear of attending a job interview, using public transport, of speaking in public; all of which can provoke great anxiety.
To try to get people to understand the sort of fears our young people face day in day out and in order to raise funds to help these young people overcome those fears, BYHP is challenging its supporters to come forward and “Face Your Fears for BYHP” gaining sponsorship to confront their own particular fears.
The first person to face their fears was Beverley Bates, Director of the Retreat at Ekko Ltd, who has an overwhelming fear of heights.
Beverley agreed to sit in a 2 seater stunt plane whist the pilot performed aerobatic manoeuvres such as barrel rolls, dives, vertical climbs and anything else he could think of to ensure this challenge was not easy.