Welcome to the November Level Trust newsletter. Last time, we shared lots of facts and figures about our impact. This time, we thought we’d tell the story of one of the children who took part in our SMASH summer school. Read on to find out how you can help us to support more children like her.
Destiny* lives with her brother and mum but not her dad, because he’s in prison. At school, she likes maths but she doesn’t like it when other children are mean. She told us, “I only have friends because of my mum’s friends’ children.” Even though she was looking forward to making friends during SMASH, she was also nervous about it.
Her school family worker, Maxine*, said, “Destiny has low self-esteem. She’s quite a sad child and struggles socially. But she’s so sporty! That’s why I wanted her to do the multi-sports week – I knew she’d be amazing.” Maxine hoped SMASH would boost Destiny’s confidence.
Over the week, it did. As Destiny grew in confidence, she tried new things and enjoyed spending time with the volunteers. Developing healthy relationships with adults really boosted her self-confidence and her parting comments show why: “I want to tell you that you’ve helped me a lot. Before I came here I was sad because I miss my dad, but now you’ve made me happy.”
*Not their real names.