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Nicole's story

“I got involved because I wanted to make a difference to where I live and I wanted people to help me. I thought: ‘I’ve had the help, so why shouldn’t I help other young people?’

“There’s not a lot for young people to do around here. We’re trying to get more things up and running. Our group helped clean the park where we meet and we have even met the head of service at County Hall about the state of the park and the estate.

“We want to bring the community together. In our community, the older generation don’t listen to young people, but now we have a voice they understand what we need and we understand what they need.

“Being part of the Crew has made me feel better for knowing that I can help people.”

Nicole (centre right), aged 15, is a member of Circle Crew for Change, the UK’s first youth mutual. CCfC – owned and controlled by the young people it exists to serve – is pioneering a new approach in youth services. The project provides informal educational activities, along with information, advice and guidance for local children and young people.