I think that children with emotional difficulties as a result of a disturbed home life are one of the most misunderstood groups of people in society. As a consequence of trauma and inadequate upbringing, these children often lack emotional control and struggle to properly understand the nature of relationships.
Conservation of our closest biological relatives is an issue I find extremely important. The Bornean Orangutan is critically endangered, but due to the lack of funding from the governments of Borneo, they have only recently reached this conservation status, despite being close to extinction in the wild for over a decade.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to experience the full range of support that Yipiyap offer to schools. This has not only been a great opportunity for myself, but also for my personal development. Though primarily focused on group sessions and in-class support, I was also part of an alternative provision by catering to a student waiting for a school placement.
‘So what is your plan for next year?’ It’s quite obviously the question on everyone's lips in the last year of sixth form. My plan was always to have a gap year, but I think like most people, I was honestly spoiled for choice over what I would do for the year- caught between the temptation of laying on a beach for a year… getting some work experience… finding an internship?
Originally I was meant to be based in a school 5 days a week however when the school had to change their plans at short notice, Anne put forward the suggestion of me working with a looked after child 1 to 1 in the home. There was no pressure from Anne and at first I was very sceptical about the placement but from the first day I could tell it would be successful.