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Be part of the solution: help our youth workers be there for every young person in crisis, until they are ready to break free from cycles of disadvantage and violence.

Caleb’s* Story

Last Christmas, Caleb arrived at hospital after he was stabbed near his home. He had been out of work, was struggling with anxiety and depression, and had been self-medicating with cannabis to cope.

Our youth worker helped Caleb work through his fear and anger, and reject earlier thoughts of retaliation.Together, they mapped out how he could keep himself safe and set some goals for the future.

This Christmas, Caleb is attending talking therapy, and doesn’t rely on cannabis to deal with his feelings any more. He’s secured a job in a car dealership and is saving up to rent a flat of his own. He is feeling much more positive about what the future holds.

“That could have been the worst thing that happened in my life, but you made it one of the best.”

*name and identifying details have been changed.

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