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Blake’s Story: “I’m proud of myself for what I have learnt and achieved”

Meet Blake, a 9-year-old member at The Hive, Wirral Youth Zone. Blake used to live and go to school on the north coast of Wirral with his mum, Liz. Liz and Blake had to move into a smaller house as Liz was poorly and needed some extra support. They relocated to Birkenhead, where Blake wasn’t part of any groups, didn’t know anyone in school and was very much alone.

Support was received from different organisations and one of the main supports for Blake was Barnardo’s Children’s charity, they recognized that Blake was a young carer for his mum and referred him to The Hive so he could meet new friends and get involved in some activities.

Blake’s story

“When I first came The Hive, I got shown around with my mum and I thought “WOW! How did they build this place and how long did it take! At first, I was very shy and quiet until I got to know people and made new friends.

I like climbing and playing out. I came to The Hive because I moved to Birkenhead and didn’t know anyone in my new school or around the area.

Since coming to The Hive I feel it has helped with my behaviour and I have learnt how to take myself away from difficult situations. I have made a lot of new friends and I get my friends from my school to come too.

When I come to The Hive I enjoy playing basketball and playing with my friends, I like to help other young people and do lots of different activities. I really like going on the skateboards and scooters and I help other young people too. Jo & Clair are the two staff members that have supported me and they have been able to help me when I have some problems with my behaviour and anger, they help me to calm down and not kick off as much as I used to.

I think that since coming to The Hive I have changed because I am more self-aware of how I look and what I wear, it has helped me to find my own sense of style. I got a Hiveability hero certificate for how well I have been doing. I feel more confident, happier and proud of myself for what I have learnt and achieved.”

Liz , Blake’s mum shares:

“Blake has become more independent and doesn’t look for reassurance from me as much, he has learnt to trust people more.”