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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Mariam

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Name: Mariam Ahmed
Age: 22
Location: West Yorkshire
Campaign: I found a unique way to raise awareness of poverty and homelessness.

I became homeless when I was 13 although I wasn’t classed as officially homeless until I was 16.


Growing up without a home taught me a lot and I saw how easy it would have been to turn to a life of crime in order to have all the material possessions that I was unable to afford myself. However, I was one of the lucky ones, I went to college and got my A-Levels and now I use my experiences to help other young people who find themselves in the same situation that I did.


 

I’ve travelled to Peru where there’s a lot of poverty and so inspired me to do something about it. My Fixers project was to raise awareness of it, not just in third world countries, but here in the UK and particularly in my hometown of Bradford where too many people are living in poverty. 

To get people talking I needed to think of something unique and eye-catching so I decided to organise a pillow fight flash mob in Bradford City Centre. The aim was for it to look like a totally random event but in fact, there was a lot of planning involved.

 

 

 

First of all, to get 60 young people to the right place at the right time and to choreograph a routine so the flash mob end with everyone spelling out the word ‘POVERTY’.

Well the planning paid off because it turned out to be a great event. Everyone who turned out to support the cause seemed to have a great time being part of the pillow fight and it certainly got the local community talking which is what it was all about.

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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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