Monday 19th December, 2016

Karl's voice of hope

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Today, in the city of Cambridge and the surrounding area, the potential in many young lives is being stifled.

Romsey Mill helps young people, children and families to learn new skills, we give them safe spaces in which to grow and offer hope for their future.

This December, as part of our Christmas Appeal, we are sharing the voices of some people who are keen speak out about Romsey Mill's impact on young lives as we seek to give hope and unwrap potential.

Read what Karl has to say:

Karl's voice

Recent consultation with partner agencies (including local authorities, police and youth offending services) revealed that Romsey Mill was already working with 70% of the most at risk young people in the Cambridge area.

Karl is Romsey Mill’s music specialist youth development worker.

Karl says:

“I first got involved with Romsey Mill when I was a young person myself. We used to throw raves in the Barnwell area of Cambridge but the Police didn’t like it so Romsey Mill got involved and helped us put on Open Mic nights – so we could still do our thing, without upsetting people.”

“I went to college and ended up being a labourer. Whilst doing this I then started doing DJ sessions at Romsey Mill as a volunteer and my involvement with Romsey Mill grew from there."

"I knew I could engage with young people well through music and I relished the opportunity that Romsey Mill gave me to do something positive with what I had."

"I love hearing young people’s stories. They don’t always talk about their lives in other situations but they open up a lot more when they write lyrics. I love watching them get better and becoming more confident and seeing them grow through music. I love helping them realise that they can do well in music even if they haven’t done well in school, and can believe in themselves.”

“I love my work especially because I’m from this community, and now have the opportunity to help impact young people’s lives here in Cambridge.”


This December, Romsey Mill needs your support to raise vital funds as part of our Christmas Appeal, to help us in our work to provide hope, transformation and second chances for local young lives.


Will you help us give hope and unwrap potential?


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