From a young age, life for Harry hasn't been easy. When he was six, his mother moved interstate and he and his two younger brothers lived with their father. Harry felt he had no choice but to sacrifice his own childhood in order to raise his brothers, as his father was often depressed or absent for days.
Now that the boys are a bit older, Harry knew that it was time to start making some decisions for himself before it was too late. He was fed up of his father's chaotic and dysfunctional lifestyle, and knew that moving out had become a matter of survival.
Harry was referred to Matt, the youth counsellor at South West Youth Services (SWYS), whose position you help fund. They met fortnightly and together they started setting goals for Harry's future. Over a period of time, Harry was able to secure a full time job and eventually move out of home. He desperately wanted to get his license but he had no hope of having a car or anybody to teach him. Limitations such as this made him feel depressed and helpless—something he had learned from his father, who sadly wasn't much of a role model.
Each time Harry came back to Matt however, things would slowly start to shift, as they worked together to find solutions to his current challenges. Luckily, a Sir David Martin Foundation donor very kindly offered to help by providing vouchers for a driving school in the Campbelltown area. Harry has started the lessons and can now see the reality of sitting his driving test in a couple of months' time.
Determined to be self-sufficient, Harry has also started his own small business, following one of his passions— IT, and he continues to meet with Matt who's currently helping him with budgeting. Harry's progress has allowed him to confidently reduce his fortnightly visits to monthly visits, as he begins to take on more and more responsibility for himself.
Stories like Harry's are all too common and it is only thanks to your generous support that these young lives can be turned around. Please donate today to help save more young lives like Harry's, before it's too late.
Your belief in these youngsters having the power to turn their lives around, is giving them the strength to do just that! Thank you.