Young people are the reason we exist, we believe in their potential and want them to thrive into adulthood.

Lots of the young people we support have spent their lives in care, experienced relationship breakdowns with caregivers and many have suffered from poor mental health.

We hope that by sharing their stories, they inspire you as much as they inspire us.

Names and photos have been changed to protect identities.

Katie’s Story

Katie* has been in care since a young age and has an extensive history of childhood trauma. When she first came to 1625 earlier this year, she was not in education or employment and struggled with budgeting and her mental health. She suffered from depression and self-harmed due to a challenging relationship with her mother.

Olivia’s Story

Olivia* is a young person who had a life-changing experience with 1625. When she first came to the 1625, she was shy and anxious, avoiding interactions with her support worker, Emma. However, Emma persisted in offering her support, recognising the potential in Olivia. She was a single parent, taking care of her child alone. With

Afshin’s Story

What was the presenting issue? Afshin (not his real name) was referred to 1625ip by social services as he had arrived in the county as a part of the National transfer scheme and was placed in foster care.  Afshin was 17 years old and appeared to be overwhelmed and uncertain by what was happening to

Max’s Story

What was the presenting issue? The presenting issues Max had was around a lack of routine in his life. Max had moved around a lot in his early life due to being in care and eventually when he had his own space in supported accommodation he fell into a habit of sleeping very late and

Reese’s Story

What was the presenting issue? Reese was referred to Reboot 2 in late 2021. Reese has learning needs and requires day-to-day support, although he is an independent and confident young person. He was working as a kitchen porter in a care home on the weekends with some shifts during the week, but as his passion

Uma’s story

What was the presenting issue? It was identified that Project Grapevine would benefit from more confident and experienced members of the IPA attending. The design of the project depended on young people coming together and connecting but it was approaching those who had been isolated and were perhaps nervous coming out for the first time,

Charlie’s Story

  What was the presenting issue? Charlie came to SGH after his parents asked him to leave due to caring responsibilities that caused pressures within the family home, which meant he was not able to contribute to the household income. Charlie then spent time in emergency accommodations and crash pads. Charlie was a full-time carer