Being ‘different’ takes many forms and each one can be a real challenge for young people to experience. Whether you’re different from your peers because you have a disability, because you have less money than them, because your skin is a different colour, or because of any one of hundreds of other factors, you can find yourself bullied, excluded, made fun of and isolated. Once you are isolated, you are vulnerable – to negative influences, low aspirations, lack of motivation and poor mental health.
We want our participants to feel like they have an opportunity to succeed, that their voices matter, and that they are included in something bigger than themselves. Our programmes actively draw people in to group activities with others experiencing similar things, fostering an attitude of tackling problems together and being mutually supportive. We build positive relationships, develop resilience and create community bonds.