Youth groups from the four corners of England attended the launch of the National Youth Chances (NYC) Project in London on 28th June and helped make it a successful and inspirational event. Young people spoke of their experiences growing up LGBT in Yorkshire, Somerset, London and Manchester and despite coming from a variety of backgrounds and locations there were some common experiences, particularly around bullying and homophobia. These young people will take the message of NYC back home to ensure that the project reaches its goal of surveying 15,000 LGBT young people over the next year. For more information please contact Dan@metrocentreonline.org, visit the NYC Project website at www.youthchances.org or the NYC Facebook page www.facebook.com/YouthChances
Kwasi - Mentoring
During the 6 month programme, I developed a close relationship with my mentor. Knowing that I would have to talk to him honestly about what I did in the previous 2 weeks somehow forced me to be safe every time I had an encounter.
Joe - Mentoring
The programme had such an impact on my life that I decided to come on board as a volunteer mentor!
Sarah - Counselling
The help and understanding I experienced from everyone I came into contact with whilst using the Metroís services was amazing.
Simon - Mentoring
By discussing things at such an intimate level with my mentor, I really came face to face with some of the reasons why I was taking chances before.
Peter- First Point
I felt so relieved to have a named First Point worker who I can call if I need to be referred to a particular service.
Abimbola- First Point
It has been a long time since I felt that someone actually listened to me.
Michael - Counselling
I gained a huge amount of help from the counselling service and would like to thank the service for offering so much support.
Ebere - First Point
I wish this service was around when I was newly diagnosed. I felt my world had fallen apart around me and I didn't know which way to turn for support. You are offering a very valuable service.
David - Counselling
Outstanding people. Outstanding service. Outstanding counselling. Truly something that has allowed me to turn my life around.
Joan - First Point
Thank you so much for taking time to listen to me and truly understand how I am feeling. This is the only appointment I've had regarding HIV that didnít feel rushed.