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Biruk’s story: “The staff at Legacy have given me optimism in the darkest period in my life”

Meet Biruk. Biruk is a 23-year-old asylum seeker from Ethiopia, he fled his country after being imprisoned and tortured by local terrorists. He managed to…

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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…

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AJ’s story: “I have learnt that I can always be myself.”

AJ's story “I’m AJ*, I'm 14 and I'm a member at Carlisle Youth Zone. I'm really passionate about performing and writing music and am often…

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Jasmine’s story: “I’ve learnt that the future isn’t something that should be feared”

Jasmine, 19 is a member at the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone. She was referred to The Hive’s mentoring programme by her family support worker to…

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Freya’s Story: “At the Youth Zone I can be myself”

Freya's story "My name is Freya I am 11 and I have been attending Carlisle Youth Zone for two years. I love reading, David Walliams…

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Ben’s story: “When you’re in that positive space, anything is possible”

Meet Ben, a 19-year-old member at Legacy, Croydon Youth Zone. Ben struggled with his employment status due to severe stress and anxiety. He struggled to…

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Andrew’s story: “Since attending Inspire, my potential has grown, and I feel more grown up.”

Andrew's story “I'm Andrew* I'm 18 and I joined Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone 18 months ago and am now one of Inspire’s young leaders. I…

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Alex’s story: “I noticed the smiles when I came through the door”

Alex joined Mahdlo, Oldham Youth Zone when he was 12 years old. A longstanding and active member of Mahdlo, and an OnSide Network Ambassador – Alex shares his story of eight years at the Youth Zone.

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Ellie’s story: “I know there’s always someone at Inspire to talk to”

Ellie’s story “I'm Ellie*, I'm 16 and I have been coming to Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone since 2019. I first joined for something to do.…

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Lydia’s story: “I’m calmer and happier when attending the Youth Zone.”

Lydia's story “I'm Lydia, I'm 17 and I joined Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone for something to do. I was hanging out on the streets a…

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Fawziya’s story: “I found my passion for film at Unitas”

Meet Fawziya, a 16-year-old member of Unitas, Barnet Youth Zone. Fawziya was encouraged to join the Youth Zone by her mum as a way to meet new people and build her skills. Here she talks about her experience at the Youth Zone, and how through her hard work and some support from the Youth Zone she successfully gained a place at the prestigious Brit School.

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Camron’s Story: “Legacy Youth Zone is my second home”

When Camron first came to Legacy Youth Zone in Croydon he was having problems at his school with his behaviour. The Youth Zone has given…

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