My Story

From pain to purpose...

I started my journey when I was 6 years old... I was being abused and bullied and had a really difficult time at home, and I remember feeling completely worthless and like I was some sort of freak. I remember saying to my mum that I didn't want to be alive. I was just 6 years old. I struggled on, as a young carer for my mum, having barely any friends and still going through abuse behind closed doors. When I was 14, I went through a traumatic event which led me to go on a downwards spiral that I couldn't escape... I started to self-harm, hear voices, and other 'unusual' experiences, and I had to be hospitalized numerous times because I was a risk to myself. I was also struggling with addiction and an eating disorder. Then, when I was 16, an abusive relationship I was in ended traumatically, but it was the start of my journey to healing. I started getting support, I started volunteering and I started college. When I was 17, the birth of Evolve came about, and with no members in our first session, I wanted to give up before I had even really begun. Now though, almost 6 years later, Evolve is still going strong, and I'm happier than ever. I still hear voices, and I still struggle with things, but I'm learning to love myself, and I'm learning to accept and have compassion for the parts of me that are still hurting. I'm on a journey to be happy and peer support is crucial to getting there.


March 24, 2018

Hey! Welcome to our site! On here you can get to know us, get in touch, and keep up to date with us. My name is Nikki and I started evolve about 3 years ago.

I started this group because I saw how there was no peer support groups for young people in Croydon, and it was...

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