JW's story

“My Mum kicked me out when I was like 15. She couldn’t control me and said I was too bad for my own good. She handed me over to a foster home. I am looking for a new family but after my mother herself has thrown me away, who’s going to love me now?

I believe this all started when I used to witness my father putting his hand on my mother and making her so weak she even saw me as a problem and that’s why she kicked me out.

I personally wouldn’t say I am a bad person because I don’t walk out of my house with the intention to cause anybody any harm. But if I feel frightened by someone when I’m going to face the person. I don’t want to be seen as some hard girl. I want to be able to channel my frustration elsewhere.

After joining the Positive View project I saw it wasn’t just a workshop. The team was really interested in what I wanted to do in the future and how I would be supported to reach my goal. I hadn’t experienced a genuine conversation about me with a guy before and it made me realize there are guys out there who want to help you succeed.

Every week we did a different photography project, sometimes with a famous photographer. We did fashion photography, studio, outdoor, and portraiture. Plus we visited two well-known art galleries including the National Portrait gallery – all this was a new world for me”.

Positive View has transformed JW’s life, and she is now doing voluntary community work on an estate, supporting younger people who are suffering, as she did. Her dream is to become a social worker, for which she is currently studying.