JW’s Story

My mum kicked me out when I was 15. She couldn’t control me and said I was too bad for my own good. She handed me over to a foster home. I am now looking for a new family but after my mother herself has thrown me away, who’s going to love me now?

I personally wouldn’t say I’m a bad person. I don’t want to be seen as some hard girl. I want to be able to channel my frustration elsewhere.

After joining the Positive View project, I saw it wasn’t just a workshop. The team was really interested in what I wanted to do in the future and how I would be supported to reach my goal. I hadn’t experienced a genuine conversation about me with a person before and it made me realize there are people out there who want to help you succeed.

Every week we did a different photography project, sometimes with a famous photographer. We did studio, outdoor, portraiture and fashion photography. Plus we visited two well-known art galleries including National Portrait Gallery – all this was a new world for me.”

Positive View has helped transform JW’s life, and she is now doing voluntary community work on an estate, supporting younger people who are suffering, as she did. Her dream is to become a social worker, for which she is currently studying.

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