They are the brave ones
We want to take away the labels our children have been given and change the narrative. We work with children with incredible skills – music, art, singing. They have skill sets I could only dream of. We need to celebrate and find those skills and help them focus on the positives and to begin to believe in themselves.
In future, we would like to extend our offering to support not only children and young people but also work with family members, and support children as they move back into the home setting. At A Wilderness Way, every child has a dedicated team working with the child. The homes we create are nurturing safe places which help children to feel safe and promotes positive safe relationships with their carers.
We are all trained professionally to emotionally detach. You have to be able to switch off and readjust. I do that by spending time with my family, having a walk or a mountain bike ride. That helps me go back to work with a clear head. We know we are keeping children safe and making the right decisions for them. A Wilderness Way is committed to continually striving to ensure children’s welfare is at the heart of every decision we make.
Our children don’t want our sympathy and may not even realise they need our support, but we have to do it and give them the best chance. It’s not about us. They are the brave ones. They have lived things we can’t imagine. We look after ourselves to support them.
To live their best life
I was one of the lucky ones, I had a great childhood. However, I have witnessed inequality and prejudice. For me personally, A Wilderness Way is a vehicle to help children feel and believe they are valued – when they first come to stay with us, their self-esteem can be so low.
I want to put my head on the pillow every night and know we have done our absolute best for every child that we support – that we have done as much as we can to help them move forward and live their best life. That will be the legacy of A Wilderness Way.