Posted: 06 June 2019

I've struck gold and found my voice again

Laura (left) speaks to her local MP at the Houses of Parliament. Laura is one of the young people in our services who won funding as part of our Pot of Gold programme.

'I'm Laura from Blackburn and in the last six months with The Children's Society I've had lots of amazing opportunities, including being awarded Pot of Gold funding. With the money from this team I recorded a song in a professional studio, and I even met my local MP at the Houses of Parliament.' 

Breaking barriers and building confidence

'My worker at The Children’s Society is Fiona, who I actually knew previously as she used to be my maths teacher at high school! It was strange to meet Fiona again but so good that I didn’t have to re-tell my story. Fiona’s been great as my project worker and has really kicked a lot of barriers out of the way and helped me rebuild my confidence!'

'My favourite thing is...how much all the teams and people in the charity really do for young people'

Going for gold

'The Pot of Gold funding is a project ran by Team Gold - a group of young people who are in charge of a funding pot, who give money to other young people involved in The Children's Society. Team Gold go through different applications and choose which projects should be awarded money.'

'I applied for Pot of Gold after hearing about it from Fiona and applied. I got £583 to allow me to get singing lessons, record my songs in a studio and to pay for equipment. I had previous experience with singing/songwriting but had not done it for a while as I got a knock back after being rejected on The Voice UK.'

'Pot of Gold has helped me so much that I’ll be going back to The Voice UK this year!'

'I wrote my song I am Worthy a little while before knowing about Pot of Gold but knew it was the song to use as it was very personal about my struggles such as suffering with Borderline Personality Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Growing up, I moved a lot and felt emotionally unstable... it took me some time to figure out who I am.'

A message for young people

'I knew I am Worthy could spread a message to other young people that they are worthy and that it doesn’t matter if they are different or that they don’t know who they are yet, but everything will be fine and that they’ll always be worthy.

'I thoroughly enjoyed practising and then recording my song and being given recognition for my song as well has been great!'

'Other projects funded by Pot of Gold, include the Mask Off conference for young people ran by young people in Essex, a booklet about how young people feel when their parents drink, and videos by young people helping to explain advocacy and mental health issues.'

'This year, I'm very excited personally to be on the Team Gold panel and can't wait to see what creative applications we get, and watch them go from paper to something incredible!'

'Lastly, if any young person reading this is considering doing anything that I’ve spoken about, just do it! I spent way too long being too anxious and worried about pretty much everything but honestly, give everything a go because you don’t know where that "small" thing could take you!'

Listen to Laura's song

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