15 December 2019
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Action for Children services

From before they are born until they are into their twenties, Action for Children helps disadvantaged children across the UK.
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Action for Children helps disadvantaged children and families who are suffering in a range of different ways. The charity’s support services include:

Disadvantaged young people: Action for Children provides practical support and counselling for children and young people who experience severe difficulties in their lives, such as homelessness, sexual abuse, domestic violence and anti-social behaviour. The charity teaches them the life skills they need to live independently and support their education, employment and training, so they can reach their full potential.

Families in crisis: The charity’s children and family centres provide parenting skills and safe places for families to come and rebuild their lives and their relationships.

Disabled children and their families: Action for Children’s disability services provide respite and specialist care to families struggling to cope with the additional challenges disability can bring.

Young carers: Action for Children works with children who are caring for a sick family member; providing them with essential emotional help, support for their education and giving them with the opportunity to befriend other young people who are suffering in similar ways.

Children who can no longer live with their birth families: Action for Children provides safe and loving homes through our fostering and adoption services.

Action for Children’s vision is a world where every child who needs help gets help.

Below we share Alex’s story who is one young man Action for Children has supported:

Alex, was supported by our service in Omagh that helps young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Over the last four years Alex has battled mental health problems.

Alex says:

 “A few months before I was due to sit my GCSEs I took an overdose. I came out as gay and I lost my best friend to suicide – it was just all building up. I felt like I didn’t have any friends and I just wanted to end the pain. I was taken to hospital and they referred me to the Gateway team – and then on to Action for Children. I didn’t think it was going to help, but I was very wrong.

“I’ve come on so far and I’m so much happier. Having someone who I could talk honestly with was the best thing ever.”

Alex is now a Young Ambassador for Action for Children, speaking out about how the charity helped him to inspire others. He is happy and excited about his future.