Willowfield Community Parish Association, Belfast

Fifty two young people attended The Great Escape where sessions included looking at their sense of identity and overcoming life difficulties. As many leaders had previously attended as young people, they had a valuable perspective on the experience of attendees.

The young people developed new skills and improve their confidence interacting in a positive environment where negative behaviours are challenged.

“I’ve done a lot of thinking and I’ve decided that this year I’m going to work super hard in school, life and with my family and friends. I’m not going to bother fighting or arguing, messing about or not listening in school. And it’s all down to my family and leaders. I now realise all they want for me is for me to do well and to enjoy life while I can. They don’t want me to make the same mistakes they did. So thank you to all of them for that.” – Girl, 13

“Had the best week of my life with the best people ever.  Thank you to Willowfield Youth for making it happen. Buzzing for next year.” – Girl, 13

David Jardine, Willowfield Community Parish Association