20 May 2013

Joy writes...
Bringing hope in a time of loss, sadness and anger...

I live about 10 minutes away from Urban Hope, and tragically a fortnight ago an 18-year-old was knocked off his mo ped at the end of my road and died.

In the days that followed, out of my kitchen window I witnessed young people mourning. Faces I knew well and faces I didn’t walked passed my window carrying flowers and balloons, talking, crying and writing messages on the wall.

In response, at Urban Hope we set up a memorial table, for young people to light candles, write messages and reflect together on loss.Not just about the loss of that young man, but on all loss.

Around the table candles were lit, significant people were talked about, people and pain was acknowledged.

One of the things that I think makes Urban Hope special is the way that we can respond to the things that are currently affecting young people, and provide a safe space for young people to be quiet and still or loud and frantic, happy, sad or angry.

We carve out space for young people to reflect, discuss and share.

Last week we got the opportunity to help young people realise that they aren’t alone and that someone will be there when things are hard.

It was a message of hope and I feel privileged to have been a part of sharing it.

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