Give a young person someone to turn to
Registered Charity No. 1109190
For some children, an Eikon Charity specialist is that someone – and can be the only one who’s there for them.
In the short films below, you can see what that support has meant for some of the children and young people we work with – and their families. We hope they inspire you to donate so we can continue to be there for children who need us.
If you’re being bullied, or are a child at risk of exclusion from school – or are refusing to go, if you are suffering online abuse or neglect at home – indeed whatever you’re struggling with, The Eikon Charity is somewhere to talk, to feel safe and get help when you feel really low, from someone reliable and consistent who cares about you.
Children who come to us are experiencing a wide range of challenges. Some may just feel a little lost. Others can be self-harming, depressed, scared, mentally and physically exhausted from having to care for a parent or sibling with health issues (alongside school work) – or lacking self-confidence or hope for the future.
Whatever their situations and needs, our experienced team of staff and volunteers are there for them, when it counts. We help early on, to prevent circumstances worsening, and give them the support, tools and belief they need to be safe, well and to thrive.
Without the generosity of individual supporters, our staff and volunteers – the frontline heroes who have been there for local children throughout the pandemic – and our specialist safeguarding team that support them, simply would not be there.
So please will you give today, so that we can continue to be there for children who urgently need our help?
Whatever you can give will help make sure that a child has someone to turn to when life threatens to overwhelm them.
Lorraine, Mazz and Katy
on behalf of
The Eikon Charity youthwork team
Below are some of the many other stories of young people we’ve helped, told by our frontline staff.
“I met Max working in a local school and began supporting him due to his complex home life. Max was living with his mother and was placed on a Child Protection plan due to their mother’s drinking. It was later decided it was best for Max to live with his dad. Despite Max’s previous traumas, I have been able to connect with Max and work through difficult feelings towards his mother’s alcohol dependency and her potential custodial sentence. Through my support, Max now has the tools to change his life, to ask for extra support when he needs it, and to thrive.”
“Charlie was referred for challenging behaviour. He would physically hurt his sister and was trying to hurt his parents too. He would have regular ‘meltdowns’, where he would cry, shout and become uncommunicative. The outbursts had become so unmanageable, they were putting extreme strain on the family. Now I’ve worked with Charlie, he’s doing better in school and is no longer violent. His mum tells me that life is more enjoyable for the whole family, and they feel equipped to deal with problems if they recur.”
“Emily, a 13 year old girl, was dealing with feelings of depression and self-harm when she was introduced to me. Her feelings were influencing her quality of life until I began to support her. After working with Emily for some time, I taught her some coping-mechanisms to help her to deal with her feelings. Since working with Emily, she has turned her life around and has now stopped self-harming. She is also able to deal with her feelings of frustration which has positively impacted on her life. I am so pleased that I was able to support her with the tools she needed.”
“I’ve been bullied since I was little. I used to go hide away at lunchtimes. Knowing I could come here to Eikon, or just talk to someone, made a big difference for me.”
“Everyone is accepting. I can be myself. When I first joined in I couldn’t hold a conversation, and now I’m doing an interview! Eikon has made me feel like I was part of something and I could do things I didn’t know I could.”
“We reached a crisis point and didn’t know what to do, but Eikon’s help has really transformed our family life. I will be forever grateful.”
“Eikon is somewhere to talk, to feel safe and get help when you feel really low, from someone reliable and consistent who cares about you. Some of the children we work with just don’t have that at home.”
LILY, EARLY INTERVENTION COORDINATOR