Young Lives Foundation are creating opportunities for young people by enabling their voices to be heard, assisting them in achieving their full potential, and supporting them through times of difficulty and distress.
Young Lives Foundation (YLF) work with looked after children and care leavers, young offenders and young people who are disengaged in education or employment. They also work with families who are in need of support, children who have been adopted and those vulnerable and needing support. From a variety of backgrounds, the one thing that all these young people lack, are opportunities.
One young girl YLF have worked with is Chloe – who has had an independent visitor from YLF from the age of 9. She is now 17 years old.
During this time Chloe has moved to a number of different foster families and lived in a children’s home. She has lived in several different towns, from Deal to Maidstone, and has had too many social workers and teachers for her to count on her hands.
Chloe told us: “In this time Lisa has always been there for me, visiting me regularly and watching me grow into the person I am today. I can’t actually believe she has stuck by me all this time and it feels like now we are really close friends.
I know I can rely on her and I can’t imagine life without her. Even if we only see each other once a month or so, it is just like old times and we have lots of things to talk about and catch up on. Lisa has supported me through all the lows and laughed with me though the high points.
We have had so much fun over the years and I’ve got good memories of my time with Lisa that I will never forget. Even when I’m 95 and can’t remember anything else, I’ll remember my days out with Lisa.”
As part of the support they provide, YLF has a special mentoring programme in partnership with local junior and senior schools, and the local authorities. They also run a youth club specifically for children and young people in care, which can provide vital help at a crucial point in these youngsters’ lives.
We’re proud to be able to support the charity, and help their brilliant work continue to be accessible for future generations.
Find out more by heading to http://ylf.org.uk