My name is Sam, and I live in Blacon, near Chester, I am 20 years old. I completed a questionnaire compiled by Chester and District Housing Trust, and my answers have been put in this blog !
I like living in Blacon, because it is close to facilities, such as shops, schools, etc., most people are friendly in the community, and it has a good bus service into town.
I think Blacon has improved a lot over the last few years, but could continue to improve by providing more things for teenagers to do, as most parks are too young for them.
In 10 years time, I would like to have moved out of my parents home, have a stable job/career, possibly be married with children, and be driving my own car ! I think I would be either renting, or buying my own home.
The best things about living in my own home, would be my own space, freedom of choice, and if I rented from a Housing Association, being able to have my repairs/maintenance done. The worst things would be having to pay bills, having to cook and clean for myself, and if I owned my own home, having to pay for repairs and maintenance !
The most important bills I would have to pay out, would be rent, gas, electric, water, council tax, tv licence, and food.
I think children and young people would benefit from training, such as life skills in general, one of these being that you should work hard and pay your own bills, and not rely on benefits and parents to help out !
They should also learn that violence and arguments are wrong attitudes and don’t get you anywhere in life.
Another skill could be “confidence building”
I think the questionnaire I completed would be useful to children, because putting the answers to the questions on paper, helps you see how hard life can be as an adult !