For the first time in his life, he was enjoying being a young person.
Following her son’s third attempt at taking his own life, we received a telephone call from his desperate mother. She was terrified to leave the house in case she came home to find him dead.
He loved his electric guitar, and a social worker had suggested to her that she contact us to see if he might engage with our project.
When the young man first came to Livewire he was socially awkward and really didn’t know how to engage with his peers. We learned that he had been home- schooled since the age of twelve and only had meaningful contact with his mother, who had mental health issues.
We worked with him for several months and it was a real joy to see him develop friendships, join a band and get his first girlfriend. After he had been coming to Livewire for about three months, his mother telephoned us, so excited to tell us that he had come home and told her that for the first time in his life, he was enjoying being a young person.
The young man continued to attend Livewire for a couple of years and went on to attend Brighton Institute for Music, before moving to London where he now works as a session musician.
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They are almost unrecognisable as the same two young men…
Two young men started attending Livewire together – turning up and each booking music lessons – they would sit in on each other’s sessions, then leave. Staff at Livewire had managed to have conversations with them on many occasions, but they were unable to encourage them to stay and engage in further activities at Livewire. […]
‘I am massively thankful and feel lucky that I was placed at Livewire.’ – Dan Reid, ‘Company B’
Dan has kindly given us permission to name him for his story. Dan is the brilliant vocalist of the highly acclaimed, ‘Company B.’ The words are all his. ‘I was in a bit of a bad way when I got involved with Livewire, I had been kicked out of school and was pretty directionless. I […]