‘I now say to my kids – don’t let your yesterdays control your todays.’

‘About six years ago you helped me, not just by giving me a place to stay but also by supporting me mentally. I was on the verge of not knowing whether or not I would be about from one day be to the next.’

‘I was on the edge both physically and mentally. CHESS took me in and gave me the chance to rebuild my life again and that’s what I did. I’m now married, I got custody of my son, I went back into education and gained my social studies diploma and I enrolled into a degree studying special needs. For nearly three years now I’ve worked in a special needs school whilst also holding down a second job as a youth and family support worker. Life has never been soo good and it’s all thanks to CHESS for giving me the help I needed.’

‘I now use my experiences which I don’t hide and I share them with the young people I work with, not for sympathy but to show them how their lives can change so quickly and how just because life may be pretty crap at times it doesn’t have to be that way forever, with the right support and hardwork anything is possible. As I say to my kids “don’t let your yesterdays control your todays“.’

‘Once again thank you all so so much, what you all do really does make a difference, not only did you save me but you also saved my son and helped us break the cycle, my son is now safe and happy with not just me but also an amazing step mother, thank you all xxx’