Child Case Study
My name is Alex, I’m 15 years old and I’ve be coming to Boathouse for about 5-years. When I first moved to Blackpool from Liverpool I didn’t really have any friends, I didn’t know anyone… and then I joined Boathouse and now I have loads of friends.
My Mum has been addicted to drugs for about 20 years. I’m not sure if you know what it’s like to have a Mum who’s drug-addict. It’s the hardest thing in the world. She doesn’t want to use it, but it grips her body like you can’t imagine. It takes her down. My siblings and I should be her priority, but we’re not… and we know that’s not her fault.
But, she’s still my Mum and I still love her more than anybody else in the world. I know there’s nothing I can do to help her, but there is something I can do to make her proud. I can make a choice not to go down the same road. I don’t hang around shops trying to get adults to buy me alcohol, I don’t smoke and I’ll never take drugs. I want to do well and I want to get a job.
But I wouldn’t be able to make those choices so easily if I wasn’t a part of The Boathouse Youth.
I’m confident enough to tell you my story because I am a part of The Boathouse Youth. I’ve been Canal Boating, Camping, Cycling and done activities such as Rock Climbing, Abseiling and Ghyll Scrambling. I’ve learnt how to prepare a menu, a budget and complete a weekly shop. I’ve learnt how to be resilient and I’ve learnt how to say “no”.
I’ve got somewhere to go, I’ve got a purpose and I’ve got an escape – because of The Boathouse Youth. There are hundreds more kids like me at our Youth Club. Thanks Boathouse for helping us all.