Posted: 20 August 2015

Changing young people’s lives

Photo © Lancashire Telegraph

At an event for staff, volunteers and service users run by The Children’s Society’s Lancashire project, supporters, commissioners and community organisations heard from people who had been supported by us. 

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These included Joanne Lawson, now 19, who received support from the children’s rights service over six years, during which time she was in a foster care placement.

She told guests how at her lowest ebb she had found herself homeless after leaving foster care aged 16.

But thanks to the advocacy support she received from us things are looking up and she has just completed her first year studying Law at the University of Central Lancashire where she secured a First in her end of year exams.

'The help I received from The Children’s Society changed me as a person and made me more mature,' she said.

'They helped me to get my own flat when I was living in a hostel after being homeless and they have helped me throughout my time in the care system.

'That has helped me to achieve what I have achieved. Without that support there’s no way I would be where I am now.'

Young people who had been helped by The Children’s Society attached post-it notes to a sign outlining in a sentence what a difference services provided by us had made to their lives.

Joanna Hunt, Programme Manager for The Children’s Society in Lancashire, said: “It was fantastic to be able to show off our services to so many local people, supporters and organisations.

'The support of our communities here in Lancashire is absolutely crucial to our work helping vulnerable children and trying to change their lives for the better.

'So it was great to be able to thank some of the people we work with, including some of our volunteers, and to involve young service users in demonstrating the difference this support makes to their lives.'

Services that were involved in the event included Street Safe Lancashire, which supports young people at risk of going missing and sexual exploitation, and Lancashire Children’s Rights Advocacy, which ensures that voices of young people in the care system are heard.

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