If you ever thought you’d had a hard life, think again.

Welcome to the 11 Ambassadors for Vulnerable Children & Young People in Gloucestershire. These exceptional young adults are employed by Gloucestershire County Council to support the voice of the child in Children’s Services. They have grown in strength and resilience to become mentors for others who have experienced similar childhood hardship and traumas.

Over the weekend they came together to participate in the PEEL programme to write poems about each other and then take a portrait of each other that represents who they are, not just what they look like. We made friends, learnt a lot about each other, had a lot of fun and shared some tears too. It felt like one big family and has left a strong impression on all of us.
The poems and prints that are hanging here on the ‘Tree of Life’, represents the two-day weekend output by these 11 exceptionally creative young people. Their work will form part of a bigger exhibition in the near future.

Special thanks to the fantastic PEEL team who gave up their weekend and volunteered their time and expertise –
Steven Tatlow, Jack Adamson, Prudence Bond, Kaitlyn Anna and Ed Collyer. You were all fantastic and made the weekend a precious time to remember.