It’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty


It’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Sadie White No Comment

Today is the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This year’s theme looks at how important it is to recognize and address the humiliation and exclusion endured by many people living in poverty around the world.

The UN calls for recognition of the knowledge and courage of families living in poverty throughout the world, the importance of reaching out to the poorest and building an alliance with citizens from all backgrounds to end poverty. You can read more about this here.

In line with this objective, our Future Shapers programme has built alliances with young people and their communities within Sheffield to bring about stability and support for those individuals often from difficult backgrounds in order to help them to create positive futures for themselves.

You can read Trevor’s story here. Trevor is one of the many young people who has been helped by a Future Shapers mentor to improve his future.

Trevor’s Story

Trevor, 16, from Sheffield was becoming increasingly isolated and excluded from society with low school attendance and problems at home brought about by the dysfunction that can be caused for families when living in poverty, until a Future Shapers mentor stepped in to help Trevor get back on track and manage his home life and education.

When our Future Shapers mentor first met Trevor, he was very isolated, spending most of his time on his own in his room using computers and not attending school consistently. Our Future Shapers mentor met with Trevor several times to build a trusting relationship and look at ways to help Trevor engage with society again. ‘My mentor really helped me to get back to school by helping me to set up a plan with school for my return.’ He says.

With arguments at home disrupting Trevor’s attendance at school further, our Future Shapers mentor continued to visit Trevor and during this time helped him with techniques to deal with his situation at home including tips for staying calm rather than getting angry. The disruption at home coincided with his year 11 exams and our Future Shapers mentor worked hard to ensure Trevor attended all his exams. At this point, Trevor was doing well at school and school said that he was their most improved student.

Unfortunately, just as things were starting to look up, events took a turn for the worse and Trevor’s relationship with his family completely broke down. Trevor was given a place to live within a young people’s housing project and his mentor helped and supported him to settle in there and to attend college.

Sometime later, Trevor is still living in the housing project and has gained new life skills such as managing money and cooking his own food.  Trevor is now managing his life well and the conflicts with his family have improved as well as his attendance at college.

‘My life has gained stability that I would never have achieved without the support of my Future Shapers mentor.’ He says.

‘For the first time I feel like I’m in a position to look forward and start to build a future.’

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