Abigale Wray

Being a young person who is from the care background and was kicked out of my mainstream schools and sent to a PRU, I can relate to some of the young people that LNK works with. I was a troubled teen myself and got into problems with the police and was arrested numerous times. As a teen my relationship with my mother deteriorated, and I was also sexual abused as a child. All of these different aspects added plenty of trauma to my life, and at a young age my mental health was affected without even knowing it myself. Through not having any support, guidance or help I was made to understand myself better, even though I did not understand what was going on mentally. Knife crime has always been an emotional subject for me, however after recently losing a dear friend of mine to knife crime the cause was brought got even closer to home.

When I was in year 11 at my Pupil Referral Unit I was referred to Lives Not Knives as part of the Aspire Higher programme, as my head teacher believed I needed support and guidance to move forward into college. Lives Not Knives gave me the support I was not getting within schools and the team were people I could turn to. I have always wanted to work with troubled teens and when I experienced the help and support Lives Not Knives gave I wanted to be able to give the same support, as I believed there was a need for the work Lives Not Knives were doing. After receiving mentoring from Lives Not Knives for over 2 years, Eliza offered me a job within the team.

Since working at Lives Not Knives I have undertaken numerous courses and training, including: trauma training, c-card training, sexual health training and first-aid training.

I want to help others because I feel like I can relate and understand these young people. I feel as if they are misunderstood within their communities and that no young person wakes up angry, but that there is always something going on behind the scenes. I want to give the support I lacked growing up. I also want to be a example for these young people, an example that shows that you can change your life around completely for the better. I want young people to feel loved, cared for and understood by their community. I want to give that love, care and understanding. I want to make young people a little bit happier.  

I believe there is a need for mentoring as I feel young peoples are giving up on themselves because they lack the guidance, support and advice needed to overcome these obstacles.

Mentoring, to me, means “understanding”.

 

If you have any questions or would like to get in contact, please email me on:

abigale@livesnotknives.org