‘I was pretty lost when I first got involved with Livewire.’ – Anna Ashton
Anna’s story is another uplifting example of the impact Livewire had on a young life, and how far that influence has reached into adulthood. Anna has given us permission to name her, and the words are her own.
‘I was pretty lost when I first got involved with Livewire. I was having some heavy issues with my mental health and had absolutely no focus on what I wanted to do with my life. I had a guidance counsellor at the time and she found me a placement with Livewire.
I remember being incredibly nervous on the first day we went and met with Andy (Rance) at the studios. I needn’t have been so nervous, the environment and the staff were so warm, welcoming and encouraging that I felt at ease very quickly. My time at Livewire involved spending lots of sessions in the studio, where I observed and learned many recording skills and regularly helped in setting up instruments and recording equipment. The skills I picked up led me to eventually work in song writing, not only for bands but entertainment companies in Europe.
On the days I spent at Livewire, I was full of excitement and passion to learn and do well. Today I find myself in a career as a published freelance writer and photographer, but the skills and experience I gained at Livewire all led me here. I had zero belief in myself or that I had any kind of talent before Livewire – they really care, and it shows in the endless guidance and support they provide.
To this day, I hold Andy Rance and Livewire as one of the key influences in giving me the confidence, skills and belief in myself to go after the things I want in life. Andy will always be one of my heroes. Livewire was an important stepping stone, I have so many great memories from my time there. So many moments of laughter, encouragement and inspiring conversations that I remember to this day.
I could never express how thankful I am that I had the chance to be placed there and gain so many important skills and experience in such a rare and ridiculously awesome environment.’
Seven years on, the result is a well-balanced young man…
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‘Thank you for giving me my daughter back…’
Now aged nineteen, this young woman came to Livewire as a very troubled person, with complex anxiety issues and other debilitating problems involving self-harm and an eating disorder, which at the time almost resulted in her hospitalisation. Our early experiences of her were of her sitting, terrified, refusing to make eye contact and barely uttering […]