We support young people experiencing emotional and behavioural issues as a result of social and economic exclusion.
We target young people from deprived neighbourhoods. Many live in poverty, poor housing and workless households. The toll that deprivation can take on families is substantial, with young people exposed to domestic abuse, family breakdown, addiction and chaotic home lives. A deeply embedded culture of low aspirations holds young people back, with few opportunities to be considered within reach.
The toxic conditions that young people endure can create a range of issues, including:
Poor mental health
Young people experience issues such as anger, anxiety, depression, hyperactivity and suicidal thoughts.
Poor physical health
Low levels of physical activity, combined with poverty, mean that poor physical health is rampant. Obesity and nutrition deficiencies are a particular challenge among young people and can lead to more serious health conditions. Coupled with high levels of stress, these can perpetuate health and social problems such as absence from school and low self-confidence.
Those we support often express their emotional distress in ways that can lead them into trouble rather than care and support. Many have been excluded from school and engage in negative behaviours, including drug misuse, gang crime and self-harm.
These various issues combine to prevent young people from engaging in education, employment or training. Mental health issues, for example, can lead to absence from school and poor classroom behaviour.
Despite the chronic adversity that they face, we have yet to meet a young person who does not have strengths to build on to make positive changes in their lives.
We work alongside young people to identify and harness their strengths to overcome the challenges they face, and ultimately realise their unique potential.