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Homeless youngsters have set out their aims for 2015.

Working alongside homeless charity Depaul UK, the young people have created a list of New Year resolutions which hope will help turn their lives around.

Depaul, whose main north east office is in Whitley Bay, works with more then 600 homeless young people around the country.

The youngsters have drawn up some resolutions with the top five being to be healthier, volunteer, get into college, work towards a perfect job, and to travel.

Josh Taylor, 20, said: “My resolution is like a recurring one really which is working towards getting my perfect job.

“I really want to go into the army but I’m also looking into doing fitness instructing or something like that.”

Heather Patterson, 18, said: “I really want a job working with and helping other people. I am also looking into the requirements to get into university but I think I’ll need to go to college first.”

Depaul’s north east director Steve McKinlay said: “We work to help young people who are in crisis find a safe place to stay. But we know that just a roof over their heads is not enough.

“To stop youth homelessness in its tracks we need to help young people into jobs and education.

“It’s inspiring to see young people who have been through a lot aspire to reach their potential in the New Year.

“To help them achieve this ambition, we are calling on local businesses and volunteers to get involved with our work.”

“We need businesses to help us find young people jobs, colleges to find training and volunteers to help vulnerable young people get their confidence back.

“Together, we can make north east the region where we tackle youth homelessness and win.

“That is why we are so grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery who have generously supported Depaul’s work in the north east in 2014.”