Comic Relief helps charity for young people

Image caption A meeting canvassing young peoples views on mental health

Young People Cornwall is a local charity based in Truro, helping young people aged 11 to 25.

The organisation received a grant for £115,557 from Comic Relief.

They fund the group which helps youngsters who have experienced mental health problems, homelessness, crime, racism, sexuality, drug & alcohol use, abuse, rural isolation and poverty.

The aim of the charity is to provide emotional and practical support.

Hear Our Voice is one of the projects the charity offers.

They give young people in Cornwall the opportunity, within a supportive group or one-to-one environment, to explore issues related to their mental health.

Ruth Easton from the group has been in care, had problems with drugs and lost her baby daughter.

"They helped me to understand my situation, because I was in a bad place at the time.

"They have helped me with going back to college and anything to do with housing or benefits."

Cleo Strothard has spent most of her childhood in care and has suffered from depression.

When she moved to Cornwall, Young People Cornwall and Hear our Voice, helped her to find friends, a college course and even trained her to help other young people with similar problems.

"'Hear Our Voice is there for you if you're willing and want the help and all the projects they run alongside are really helpful for young people".

Both Chloe and Ruth say they believe they have a brighter future and Chloe says she has been so inspired she wants to train to be a social worker.

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