Then Ant started coming to a different XLP project in the middle of the week that happened to be next to his house. He was eager to get involved in everything! I took Ant and Dec out for pizza in the school holidays, and it’s incredible to see how they’re supporting each other in their lives.
Ant won a Jack Petchey award because of how amazing he’s been at supporting his friend. He’s come from a place where he’d lost something and didn’t feel safe, and in XLP he’s found a place of safety.
What would you say to your 15 year old self?
Keep enjoying the fun ride of youth work. Youth work gives you really fun moments where you get to celebrate and be proud of young people as they achieve and overcome big things, and that is so special. Youth workers stand in the gaps with young people in the highs and the lows.
What impact does XLP have?
A phenomenal one! Anyone can run a youth work project – it’s not rocket science, and it’s not original, but it really does work. You can’t go wrong as long as you put the young people first.