The Story of Sam*
The following is an example of the incredible work our teams do to help those in need.
“Sam had suffered extreme domestic violence, emotional and physical abuse. He was living with his mother in a women’s refuge when he was referred to us by Essex youth services at 15. He was very angry and physically strong presenting a major risk to himself and others. His school attendance was around 26% due to social anxiety, and he had poor grades, although he obviously was extremely bright and capable.
He struggled initially on TurnAround due to his anger, anxiety, and depression from his past… but we all persevered. We used wilderness therapy, mentoring, social and behaviour change workshops, family support and drove him to school each morning. He gradually softened, shifted gears and completed his A levels with excellent results.
Sam is now studying law in a Russell group university, is articulate and ambitious, has solid family relationships, is doing work experience for a large commercial company, and helps the Foundation as an advocate. He is keen to help others who have experienced similar backgrounds to himself and is an inspiration.”
*not his real name