Spear Programme stories

"Before joining the Spear Programme, I suffered from severe social anxiety disorder..."

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"I left the hospital with no direction and no support... until I got a call who inviting me onto the Spear Programme."

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Ayeisha suffered with borderline personality disorder, and found herself in an abusive relationship.

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Chelsea was diagnosed with depression and anxiety at a young age.

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The Spear Programme 2020

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Jason was kicked out by his father at the age of 16.

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"The Spear Programme changed my outlook completely."

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"I’m confident in my options for the future"

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"I was struggling to find work and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next."

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"...[I was] sent out of the country for a forced marriage"

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Dana's story

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"...the police visited so often it sometimes felt like they lived with us."

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Jada's social anxiety meant couldn’t even contemplate getting another job

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"I had hit an all-time low. I had absolutely no one, I didn’t have anywhere I could go."

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Amir was 15 when he was involved in an armed robbery

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Kayley grew up in foster care, and was really unsure of her future.

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Candi's dream of pursuing acting was put on hold due to Covid19.

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Kasim moved to London after spending 18 months in prison in his hometown, Birmingham.

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Ricky had seen himself as a victim, blaming everything else, but now he realises he does have options.

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Renee had no self esteem. Then she took part in the Spear Programme online.

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Connor was awaiting a court appearance when he arrived at Spear.

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Adiad had a reputation in Harrow for being involved in crime.

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George used to struggle with his anger

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Abigail struggled with depression and felt like there was no hope

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Laura left school feeling like she had no prospects

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Damaris got kicked out of school and became a dad at 16

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Shamar was arrested for robbery and felt that he couldn’t move on

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Harrison was surrounded by violence and had stopped leaving his home

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Fisa was struggling with her brother's death when she was thrown out of home

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Khadeejah felt isolated and trapped in a violent relationship. She didn’t know where to turn to for help until she discovered Spear.

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Omar was kicked out of school twice, and was at a crossroads in his life when he found Spear.

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Catherine wasn't able to get into work due to struggling with anxiety and depression.

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