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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‘Betrayed and angry’
This young man used to come to Livewire as a budding bass player in a local band. Unfortunately, the band had a falling-out and its members all went off in different directions, doing their own thing. For his part, this young man disengaged from Livewire and became involved with a different peer group – one […]
Fifteen years on, he is a happy, functioning, young adult…
This young man has been involved with Livewire for almost fifteen years. He started attending when he was around nine years-old, when in his words, ‘Livewire was just a sports hall, a pool table and a group of inspiring and kind volunteers and musicians.’ Now at twenty-three, he is starting out on a music career […]