Zubairi became homeless after his mother could no longer afford their home. Determined to succeed, he is working very hard in college to become an Aerospace Engineer.
Marianne was only 16 when she started suffering from depression. She was helping her mum care for her gran who had dementia. She wasn’t getting out much and had no one to talk to. But when a friend invited her to the Youth Club at YMCA Bolton, she found the friends and support she needed to feel happy again.
Before starting her job with the YMCA, Lauren, 16, lacked confidence and was very shy. She was bullied at school and had a poor relationship with her family. She wanted to leave school but couldn’t get a job, until the YMCA offered her work at one of their cafés.