One of the benefits of having continually operated for more than half a century is that we often have former service users coming back to us many years later to share their progress.
Recently, we heard from Claire*, who accessed our services over ten years ago. Our work is distinct in many ways and this story is a testament to the transformative long-term relationships we build with every young people who wants our help.
"I just want to say how eternally grateful I am to your Youth Centre.
Around 2009/2010 I came to your centre homeless and in a horrible relationship, struggling with domestic violence and my life looked bleak.
You homed me, gave me advice and support, you even helped me think through my choices when I found out I was pregnant.
Without New Horizon I doubt I would have had the strength or courage to make the correct choices.
I’m now a happy mum of a very strong and content 11 year old. I live in the city and have a property of my own. I work with children as a nursery teacher and have a very healthy and happy relationship with someone who values me and my son.
New Horizon was pivotal to my story and was the stepping stone I needed to get myself back on track.
We love hearing about the amazing progress people make after receiving our support. This impact is what drives us every day, even when things get really tough. We take enormous joy in our work and are tirelessly dedicated to giving every young Londoner's potential a home.
If you're in a situation similar to Claire's and you need help, please reach out to us. You can find more information about our services, access our day centre or make an online referral on our 'Get Help' page.
If we've worked with you in the past and you'd like to share your story or give an update, we'd love to hear from you at [email protected]
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