Young people fixing drink and drugs
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Young people fixing drink and drugs
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Young people fixing drink and drugs
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Young people fixing drink and drugs
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Kyle

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Name: Kyle Simmons
Age: 23
Location: Essex
Campaign: Having spent most of his childhood in care, Kyle knows how easy it is to get into drink and drugs...

I went into care when I was three years old and spent my childhood moving between 14 different placements in care homes and foster families.  It was a very difficult time and I felt extremely isolated. I was a young black boy who was in care and everyone seemed to look down on me which really hurt.

 

I was sent to therapy so that I could talk about my feelings but I it didn’t work, I didn’t think they could help; they hadn’t been through what I was going through so how could they help?

 

 

 

I started drinking a long time before I was legally allowed to and began to take a cocktail of drugs from weed and cocaine to E’s. It started to destroy my mind and I got to the point where I was getting hallucinations even when I wasn’t high.  A lot of young people in care turn to drink and drugs, but it doesn’t help, it only makes things worse. I looked at my life and decided that taking drugs and drinking everyday was not getting me anywhere.  I was lucky that I was able to stop.  What really helped was expressing myself through dance, music and acting, and eventually managed to get into the prestigious East 15 Acting School at the age of 19.

 

 

 

As a Fixer I created a music video with for my track ‘Keep Dreaming’. It's about trying to achieve your dreams in life no matter where you’ve come from and I wanted it to inspire other young people growing up in care.

 

Since then, I've graduated with a BA (Hons) in Physical Theatre.  I've worked in theatre and TV/film, as well as writing and producing my own music. I was shortlisted for a Spirit of London Award, and am involved in the polictical arena, helping change legislation in Parliament and speaking at Westminster. I am an Ambassador for the Care Leavers Foundation, Care Leavers Association, The SOLA Foundation and Speaker Box.

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Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust. Young People Fixing Drink and Drugs works in partnership with Groundwork UK and The Children's Society and is funded by the Home Offices Choices programme.
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