Dan’s Story

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I would tell anyone who might be lonely or bored to join their local youth club, everyone is so welcoming and everyone is friends.

 

I was doing ok in school. I was getting average grades and I had a small group of friends. When I turned 14 I started hanging around with some friends in the year above. At first they were great, we’d go out nearly every week and go to parks. They started getting me and a few other boys who were new to the group to do dares – playing chicken and stealing little ornaments out of people’s gardens. I didn’t really like doing it as I knew it was wrong, but I wanted to stay friends with them as I didn’t really have many other friends.

After hanging around with them for about 6 months one of the other lads turned up one day with some drugs and said we should try them, as much as I wanted to be friends with them I knew that I couldn’t do that, one of my cousins had become really ill after taking drugs in a night club and I knew how dangerous they could be. That night I made my excuses and went home, I couldn’t see them again.

I didn’t have much trouble from them afterwards as they thought I’d just lost interest, but I was lonely. I didn’t know what to do or know of any places I could meet friends, then at school one day I saw a flyer for the Youth Fed website and it said about opportunities for young people.

I went on the website and they were right, there were lots of things I could do with Youth Fed. I didn’t really need help with my education as I was doing ok at school so I had a look on the Youth Groups page on the website. I found out there was a youth club just down the road from where I live. I text the group leader Sacha and she text me back and said I should come down on their new starters night. I was really nervous but I shouldn’t have been. There were lots of new people at the club and we had a great first night playing football and learning some coding.

I’ve been at the club for 2 years now and am a Junior Leader! I have taken part in so many things and am part of the youth club band playing drums. Next year when I turn 18 I will definitely be volunteering. I have made some lifelong friends and took part in some brilliant things-competitions and free courses, as well as First Aid.

I would encourage anyone to look at the opportunities pages through Youth Fed and I would tell anyone who might be lonely or bored to join their local youth club, everyone is so welcoming and everyone is friends.