When young people want to tell their story, we listen. We see something in every one of them. We see hope. Often their stories aren't easy to tell, but they tell them. They know that opening up will help them feel better and show others, who have it just as tough, that there can be a brighter tomorrow.
Here are their stories, told in their words.
When Rosie was 11 her dad became was gone from her life almost entirely. To cope, Rosie turned to self-harm. She even tried to take own life.
After getting the help she needed from one of our specialist practitioners she turned a corner. Now she feels like a new person.
It was Christmas when Leila and her family arrived in the UK. From a young age, she had seen her mum experience domestic violence and they were searching for safety.
Leila received care and support from our practitioners. Piece by piece, she was able to rebuild her life. Today, Leila is a volunteer speaker and staff member for us. She passionately works to ensure other vulnerable young people have the support they need.
When she was 16, Hayley was sexually abused by a man in her local neighbourhood. It left her feeling broken. She blamed herself for what had happened.
After getting the support she needed, she discovered coping techniques and was able to work through it all. Now she wants to help others that have been through something similar. She is looking forward to the future.
Molly is a young carer. From the age of ten, she's been looking after her mum, nan, dad and step dad. She cooks, picks up prescriptions, pays the bills. But she hasn't stopped pursuing her dreams.
Since joining our young carer programme she has become someone who speaks out for other young carers, she got a First Class degree in journalism and is now following her dream.
At a young age, Kirsty was sexually abused. She tried to get on with her life but never properly talked about what happened. There were times she couldn’t see a way out but she kept going, knowing that tomorrow could be better.
After meeting one of our project workers, Kirsty found the strength to work through it all. She now dreams of becoming a criminal prosecutor and is optimistic about the future.