I got involved with Getaway Girls after going to Market Place for Counselling. I wanted to do something that helped other girls and where I would not be judged and where I could have fun. I did the Introduction to Youth work training. It was fun and I met some great people. I learned a lot about youth work and got a qualification. I started doing voluntary work with the Creative group. It was fun and some of the girls were from the same background as me so I could help them join in. I got involved in the Side by Side group, it’s a peer support group for young women about mental health. I’ve never seen a group like this, girls supporting each other. We have done creative writing and even people who say they can’t write show they are talented. I share my story- things I never talked about before because everyone tells their story. I don’t feel judged, they understand, I feel really supported. I went to Northern College with the group. It’s a lovely place away from everything where you can think in a supportive place. The residential, Side by Side and the training and support I get at Getaway Girls has helped me build my confidence and feel accepted. I’m applying to go to University to study Youth and Community work in September. My 3 words for Getaway Girls are fun, open and Safe place