Chelsea E

“I know that I can really trust and confide in the XLP youth workers and I know that if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am now”.

“I first heard about XLP in year 7 (8 years ago) when they came to Abbey Wood School to do a lunch club, and I have been involved with them ever since. They have been around for some of the most important years of my life. What I like about XLP is that they make everyone feel welcome and it’s like being part of one big family. I really feel that I have a connection with the youth workers. I remember feeling so supported when I was going to college; I was able to ask them for advice about what I should do. I can talk to them about anything. 

In school I was known for being a real trouble maker, but the people I met through XLP’s lunch club and Community Bus encouraged me to stay out of trouble and stay focused. I know that I can really trust and confide in the XLP youth workers and I know that if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am now.

 I have lived in Abbey Wood for over 15 years and I think that the XLP Community Bus has helped to change the area for the better. It has created a safe place for people to come and hang out with their friends. There also seems to be less problems on the estate. If the XLP bus wasn’t coming to Abbey Wood Estate there would be a lot more antisocial behaviour in this area; XLP gives people something to do so that they don’t keep getting into trouble. All the young people leave the bus with a smile on their face; when it isn’t around, everyone misses it. It’s not just the bus though, it’s the people too.”