It is often said that ‘children should be seen and not heard’.
But we know that some of the most insightful things come out of the mouths of children. Some of the most inspiring ideas are created in the minds of young people.
Wesley, age 12 from Aberdeen, attended a summer camp in Lendrick Muir supported by Bethany. Wesley’s Mum, Linda, remarked that the camp has helped her son in so many ways, and he is flourishing both at home and in school. When asked about how the camp had helped him, Wesley said:
One thing I loved about attending the summer camp was the feeling that everyone was on the same team. I like how everyone there felt like family, and it’s helped me learn how to build relationships.
Young people are sometimes portrayed negatively in our culture. Unfortunately, these misconceptions spin an unhelpful narrative within society that says children are up to no good. That young people who may get into trouble or end up on the wrong side of the law have no hope for the future. We believe that young people are the way forward – they are the future. And for those who have experienced a more difficult upbringing compared to their peers, we believe that second chances can turn lives around for the better.
That’s why we are asking you to help us give young people the chance for their voices to be heard.
This summer we will be highlighting some of the experiences of children who have been affected by homelessness. Young people have the potential to do great things, if only they had the opportunity for their voices to be heard. If only they had a platform from which they could launch into a world of endless opportunities.
Will you join us as we invest in the future?