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After leaving her family home to escape constant conflict, Poppy* struggled with depression and drug and alcohol misuse. Poppy was losing hope.

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Knowing her interest in creative art, Poppy’s youth housing provider referred her to CYI. As she learned more about the Artworks! program offered to young people at CYI and meeting one of the case workers, Poppy decided to join the program.

In her first week at CYI, Poppy was very quiet, consuming herself in her work, isolating herself from others.

However, as she became more familiar with the art room she began to open up, sharing her love of art.

Poppy uses her time at CYI accessing the resources in the art room and working on art projects that she planned even before attending the program.

“Creating art helps me to manage my feelings. When I feel depressed art helps me understand how I feel. It gives me hope for the future”

CYI is giving Poppy a place to feel safe. She is now making strong friendships with the other young people in the program and is often smiling.

Poppy dreams of studying to be an art teacher, and with the support of her case worker is applying for further studies, taking the steps to achieving her goal.

“Without this support, I would have given up on myself. CYI has given me a future.”



*Name changed to protect the young person's identity

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