I spent some time this afternoon visiting the outstanding mediation project amber which specialises in helping parents and teenagers sort out their difficulties. Identified as a method of early intervention to stop teenagers end up homeless because they can't get on with their parents, it has proven to be hugely successful in its 18 months existence. I was privileged to be part of the launch back in 2006 and my high hopes then have been more than exceeded.
What is really exciting about this project is that it mot only prevents homelessness but it also rebuilds families by the simply method of teach folk to listen to each other,. its not rocket science, but it does work. I left enthused by the dedication and commitment of the staff, but also the inspiration of the stories I heard of families healed and lives turned round. Unsung hero's and heroines; the lot of them
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