“I’m Ellie*, I’m 16 and I have been coming to Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone for two years. I first joined for something to do. I didn’t have a lot of hobbies and wanted something to motivate me. I had heard good things going around the school, so I decided to join and get stuck in. I joined the dance sessions and haven’t looked back since. I have since represented Inspire Youth Zone as part of the dance team for large events such as OnSide President’s Cup, Chorley Live and Chorley Light Switch-on. Performing in front of audiences has been amazing for my confidence. It’s been really beneficial to stay motivated and active in a dance project. I also like doing baking, art and rec games with the many friends I’ve made at Inspire. I think my knowledge and skills have developed in a number of different activities that ordinarily wouldn’t have the opportunity to do.
In addition to the activities Inspire have helped me get involved in, I have also received one-to-one support through the mentoring programme which has been helping improve my mental health. The support from youth workers has helped me out of difficult times in my life, I am reassured and comforted knowing there’s always someone at Inspire to talk to. I have struggled with schoolwork and Inspire have helped enormously to catch up and offer me advice and tuition. Coming to Inspire really does keep me on track, I’ve been battling to stay positive when my mental health doesn’t allow me to. That’s when I come to Inspire and talk to the staff.”
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