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Meet some of the people we have helped

Our mission is to act early so children get the care and support they need. Help us bring innovative new services to the community and protect more children like these.

OJ: a young carer

OJ

a young carer

From the age of five, he cared for his mother and younger siblings, and did his best to balance his school and home life. He has gone on to achieve so much – including being accepted into the Clinical Science programme at Bradford University. He hopes to transfer Leeds School of Medicine next year. Watch OJ's story.

Jess: a young mum

Jess

a young mum

Getting involved with the charity has helped grow her confidence, and has taught her how to be a better mum.

Jess came to us from a turbulent background. "I wasn't in a very good place," she says, "and I didn't get along with my family". At 17, Jess fell pregnant with her son Austin - and when he was only two years old, his father took him away without warning. "I didn't see him for quite a few months, but I started using my local Action for Children service, a contact centre." 

Since then Jess has become really involved with the centre, where she takes several classes a week.

Diana: a new start

Diana

a new start

Diana was a student living in a women’s refuge when she got into financial difficulty and was struggling to cope or even feed herself properly.

“My life was a huge struggle. I was 18 and living in a women’s refuge after becoming a victim of domestic violence. I was studying for my A-levels and aiming for university, but everything around me was piling up. I had no clue about how to pay bills and I never really had any support from the refuge. I was all alone."

The refuge referred Diana to Action for Children, but she admits she was “scared” to meet her support worker at first.
“I thought she was going to tell me off like a mother because of all the debt I was in but she didn’t - she has been the best support I’ve ever had. She showed me how to budget properly and how to run my flat more efficiently. She helped me through my darkest days.”

Things were finally going well - Diane passed her A-levels and got a place at university to study law.

"I am forever indebted to Action for Children. I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for all the support from them.”

 

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