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Nothing normal about young men getting shot, stabbed & killed

There is nothing normal about young men getting shot, stabbed and killed.  It has become a horrific, frequent occurrence in this country, which many of us are unfortunately not surprised about, but should in no way be a normality.

It is incredibly heartbreaking and distressing – I’m sitting here crying as I write this.  I’m sick of hearing about young lives being unnecessarily taken way too soon, and for the most stupid of reasons.  They had so much more to do and so much more to be, but now they’ll never get that chance and that is one of the saddest things in the world.  The word sad doesn’t even do it justice to be honest, but my mind isn’t let me think of anything else.

My heart and my spirit cannot take it, wanting to do anything I can to make it stop and praying for these young people who are hurting, misunderstood, lost and angry.  We need to be there for them, more than ever before, rather than casting them off and slapping on negative labels that are likely to just make them feel worse.

I desperately want to do more and be more for these individuals.  I want to reach out to them, speak to them, love them and show them that there is another way.  I want them to feel that they matter, and not only have respect for the lives of others, but have respect for their own lives too.

It’s destroying me to see this madness continue day after day, and I never want it to become something that is seen as normal, but I’m afraid that it’s already too late.  If you’re reading this, please remember and share the message that there is nothing normal about young men getting shot, stabbed and killed.

Show Support to The Complete Freedom of Truth

The Complete Freedom of Truth is a special project that has done so much for me; more than I could ever have envisioned. It has also made a real impact in the lives of the many of the beautiful friends I’ve made.

However, we need your support for the next phase, as we travel to Italy to continue to create change through art and learn more about the policies effecting us.

A simple £5 pledge would mean a whole lot and help us towards reaching our target. So please pledge and even if you don’t, please take the time to share this campaign.

You’re doing a great thing for many young people in Europe, so thank you in advance.

Happy Birthday Young People Insight

This month, the youth platform I started, Young People Insight, turned a year old. I can’t believe how fast a year has gone and what I’ve been able to achieve, although they don’t always seem like major achievements to me.

I’m proud of what I started and I hope it continues to grow, empowering the voices of young people and having a positive impact on their lives. This poem is simply a reflection of where my creative baby started from, as I say Happy Birthday to Young People Insight.

My baby;

Born out of a time of confusion,

Searching for fulfillment,

Something better,

More special than I imagined

Came along.

Not what I planned,

Or expected,

It hit me by surprise;

But I knew I had to nurture it,

Feed it,

Give attention to it;

Although I didn’t ask for it,

Hadn’t planned for it,

I knew I wanted it,

Grew to love it;

In spite of the uncertainty,

Asking,

How would I do this?

Help and advice would be a necessity

For every step of this journey;

I knew I could do it.

So I took the first step,

Second step forward,

Bringing my baby to life;

Watching it develop,

Month after month,

More insight coming to mind.

Now my baby

Has turned a year old,

I can’t believe the first birthday is here;

Directions have changed,

Thought processes become clear

And new people in my life I’ve…

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