Robbie, 14, Luke, 13, and Kacy, 12, were leading chaotic lives. They were living on a diet of crisps and snacks, their home was untidy and they lacked basic family routines and boundaries.

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They were allowed to stay up late to watch TV, which led to very poor attendance at school and bad punctuality. Their mum rarely cooked meals for them.

Lucy, their mother, had been out of work for 15 years and had fallen behind with the rent, putting the family at risk of homelessness. Her financial troubles sent her into a deep depression.

The children lacked ambition because they’d never seen their mum working. They thought the only way to get a nice car was by drug dealing.

The children lacked ambition because they’d never seen their mum working. They thought the only way to get a nice car was by drug dealing.

The children were referred to Action for Children by their school and the support received has been vital for the family.

We helped the mum create positive routines for her children and as a result they’ve become more punctual at school and their attendance has improved.

We helped her get the benefits she was entitled to, so the family is no longer at risk of losing their home or falling into further poverty.

Lucy is attending a computer course and looking for voluntary work, which will give the children a positive role model. They’re beginning to talk about jobs they’d like to do, such as becoming a police officer or shopkeeper.

 

Thanks to Action for Children this family managed to slowly turn their life around and have more hope for their future.

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