Wesley's Story

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Growing up Poor, Learning Zone Episode 4 of 4

Duration: 10 minutes

Filmed over the summer of 2012, each programme highlights one young person as he or she tackles some of the issues associated with poverty.

Wes lives with his mum but it is not a long-term solution - she has mental health problems and he needs to have his own independence. He attempts to go to a hostel by declaring himself homeless but it doesn't get him the flat he wants. Instead he ends up chilling with his mates. The one thing he does devote himself to is his two-year-old son - but helping out with the finances is tricky, and he is not in a relationship with the baby's mum. He wants to find a paid position to help out more, and avoid the pitfalls of street life.

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