Posted: 16 November 2018

My Voice programme: supporting young people to speak out

This year, we were awarded funding from the #iWill take action fund as part of a scheme run by Virgin Money Foundation and match funded by the Big Lottery.

This funding has helped us launch the My Voice programme in the North East of England. Working in schools, this 6-week programme offers young people a place to talk about issues most important to them.

Supporting young people to speak out

With the support of Virgin Money Foundation and the Big Lottery, we have been able to expand the My Voice programme to schools in North East England, empowering young people to find their own voice and talk about issues important to them. The weekly sessions are run by our practitioners and cover a range of topics including emotional resilience, safety, health and well-being. 

A young person who has taken part in the My Voice programme says 'the group work has helped me with my life and made me think about where I live and what I want to do in the future. I get worried about crime, gangs and taking drugs. I sometimes feel bored having nothing to do. I have run away before and my mum calls the police. It is important to have good friends and family to talk to them and tell them what you are doing'.

'The group has helped me to learn to stay calm and to think before I act. I can look after myself more now'

This week, we bring the programme to a school in Middlesbrough with the aim of empowering young people to become peer mentors themselves and help others with challenges in their lives. Working in this community, we can have a real impact on the lives of vulnerable young people.

'Taking part in the programme means that I learnt what resilience means'

'It means strength and being strong. To feel good about me. I know it is important not to feel lonely and talk. I won’t let anyone bully me, name call or put me down'.

We are currently looking at more schools in North East England which might benefit from the My Voice programme.

If you would like to learn more about the programme, please contact Claire Fyall on 0191 221 0836 or




By Kaja Zuvac-Graves

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