Ebony

“XLP really interacts with the community.  They treat people as individuals. It’s important for young people to have role models like this in their lives”.

I’ve lived on this estate for seven years.  Taxis don’t come near us, and pizza places won’t deliver to this area.  Some parts of the area have given the whole estate a bad reputation, so it’s refreshing to see that XLP has decided to come here to help the community rather than just condemn it.

I’d seen the bus around on Hazel Grove for a couple of years, but it was only when I needed to start volunteering as part of my youth course that I got involved.  Since coming on board as a youth volunteer, I’ve learnt so much from the team, and it’s been a real confidence boost.  It’s helped me have more initiative, and changed my views on stuff.

Before the bus started coming to Hazel Grove, kids were just hanging around doing nothing.  There was more hassle, and it was more dangerous.  Now, there’s less trouble in the area – some of the kids have calmed down a bit now they have something to do.  XLP have provided what should’ve been there anyway – a place for the young people to get away to.

As well as volunteering on the bus, XLP helped me to start up a girls group on the estate.  Now these girls have something my age group never had: somewhere safe to go that’s close to home.  The group unites girls from the area, and it’s educational too: we learn skills from one another – cooking, arts and crafts, etc – and get to know each other better.  It’s had a positive influence on the estate and you can really tell that is it benefitting them all.

XLP really interacts with the community.  They treat people as individuals.  It makes a difference just having nice, fair and reliable people coming to your area.  It’s important for young people to have role models like this in their lives.  Volunteering with XLP has made me feel more appreciated as a member of my community, and made me realise that I can succeed at something if I put my mind to it.