Growing up in a home filled with violence, Charlie couldn't speak to anyone.

"There was a point in my life where I thought there was no way out. Having to keep these things to myself as a child was unhealthy - it made me question what was right and wrong and I began to feel that even if I could, I shouldn't talk about it. I got the idea in my head growing up that nobody else would understand, so I kept it to myself."


Walking into Action for Children was like taking a step into the real world. Over time, I learned that I was in a space where I was able to express my views in an open and honest manner and feel safe within myself. I was accepted from the first day with no judgment of who I was or where I was from.

Every individual at Action for Children New Horizons has some form of trauma in their past, so there is this unspoken mutual understanding. That for me was the first step in beating my loneliness and becoming the person I am today.

I now have qualifications in health and social care and will become a young person's practitioner at New Horizons, to give back something to the charity that gave me so much.

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