Our Young Lives service aims to help young people gain the skills needed to live independently, by developing confidence, self-respect, and the ambition to achieve their goals. Young people come to us for a variety of reasons. They can be for emotional support, for educational reasons or a place to stay. We make sure that their time with us is not only comfortable, but offers growth in all areas of their life and future.
We asked Eliza to tell us about her experiences living with our keyworkers and her housemates.
My name is Eliza and I am a young person living in supported living, with the care of my keyworkers.
I’m proud to call myself a feminist activist and I am proud to live in a home in which I feel supported as a young, independent woman.
At school or home, I feel assured that I am supported in the patriarchal society we live in. Whether educationally or domestically. Almost all of my keyworkers are women. And all my keyworkers, regardless the gender they identify with, are feminists and believers of equal rights.
It feels empowering to know that, and it makes me feel safe and empowered as a woman to know that everybody in my home life is actively believing and fighting in the war of gender equality. It’s disturbing to know that less than 40 years ago, this would not be the case.
Change is happening.