Laura’s Story

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We first met Laura when she moved into the area she was being seen by social workers and needed follow on support. Laura is a single mother with two children, aged five and one. She was a known drug addict who said that she had stopped and was now clean. She did not have the...

Seda’s Story

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Seda has 4 children aged 12 years, 10 years, 4 years and 1 year old. Seda was living with her 4 children and husband within the local area. Seda and her family have been working with the children’s centre since February 2017. Initially, a referral was made to Children’s Services after an incident where Seda...

Marcin and Katya’s Story

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Marcin and Katya accessed the centre for the first time by attending the “Birth, Bumps and Baby Stuff” programme back at the beginning of 2016. Both mum-and-dad-to-be were very nervous but also excited at the prospect of meeting their new baby very soon. Not long after Piotr was born, Katya come to the centre very...

Dave’s Story

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CLL is a type of leukaemia that affects the white blood cells, causing too many “immature” or “abnormal” cells to form, taking up space that could be occupied by healthy cells. It is a slow-developing cancer meaning that it can go for months unnoticed. After his diagnosis, Dave scoured the Macmillan website for information and...

Amy’s Story

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Amy was really unhappy with the college course she was doing so the staff at Welwyn Garden City Youth Club organised for a representative from the Traineeship Scheme to come in and talk to the group. With the support of the youth team Amy was able to apply for a four-week traineeship she really enjoyed...

Emma’s Story

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Emma, along with her sister Ruby, have been regularly attending YMCA youth clubs for four years when they took part in the De Havilland Community Project play session. Two years ago Emma was diagnosed with Leukaemia and spent months in and out of hospital receiving treatment and recovering. When Emma started to feel better she...

Mo’s Story

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Mo left Ethiopia in January 2016 after his father had been killed because of his involvement in a political opposition party. Mo was only 15 years old and travelled alone through 5 countries before arriving in the UK in May 2017. Mo was referred to our YMCA by Hertfordshire County Council in June 2017. He...

Karen’s Story

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When Karen applied to live at YMCA four years ago, she was a vulnerable, emotional young woman who was trying to keep her head above water. She had a history of self-harming and bulimia. Her family background had not been an easy one, but despite this she had always presented herself well and met challenges...

Adrian’s Story

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Adrian moved into YMCA as an under 18’s placement two years ago from Hertfordshire County Council. Adrian became a Child In Need when his mother moved to Spain. Adrian was already working full-time as a pharmacy assistant and was demonstrating the ability to manage his finances from a young age and budget accordingly. Adrian was...

Charlie’s Story

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Charlie, 15 years old is training to be a Mental Health Champion. Charlie was bullied at school for years. At 13 years old he found YMCA who helped him to belong, contribute and thrive. Here he talks about counselling and support and how important it is to talk to your peers if you are suffering....