Over December, we need your support to raise £12,000 to help young people facing challenges at school, at home or in the community. Together we can give them a fresh start in 2015 - learning new skills, growing in confidence and fulfilling their potential. Here is a story about how Romsey Mill provides hope, transformation and second chances for young people:
Andrew* really struggled to cope with the move from primary to secondary school. At primary school he attended a Romsey Mill Transitions group to prepare for the change, but experienced bullying in Year 7, and by Year 8 had stopped attending secondary school completely. He was suffering with severe anxiety and was on the waiting list for a Child & Adolescent Mental Health appointment. Throughout all of this, one of our Youth Development Workers, Naomi Message, kept in touch with Andrew and his family, and was able to work with him using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques. Though he still couldn’t face school, he came into Romsey Mill for six weeks to take part in our Alternative Education programme, including maths and English tuition as well as projects such as photography and cooking. His mum said of this time "It was the first time in over a year that we saw some of our old Andrew come back to us...he was able to enjoy some things in his life and believe in himself - he even started to walk home on his own. Which may not seem a lot, but it was huge for him. The one safe place, apart from home, was Romsey Mill."
Since then, he has been diagnosed with an autistic spectrum condition and has started at a new school where he is thriving. He is also attending a Romsey Mill Aspire group and making new friends.
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - help us to help Cambridge's vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in 2015:
>>> donate now via https://www.justgiving.com/Romsey-Mill-12-Days-of-Christmas-2014
>>> text MILL12£5 or MILL12£10 to 70070 to donate £5 or £10
>>> send cash or a cheque (payable to Romsey Mill) to: Romsey Mill, Hemingford Road, Cambridge, CB1 3BZ
Photos are used with permission and do not necessarily reflect neighbouring text. Names marked * have been changed.