My story - Kelsey

"I was at Hackney Quest for 9 years and it helped me in all parts of my life: the struggles of school, finding work and becoming the person I am today. They’ve created all kinds of opportunities for me and other people: Lions Quest helped me, like many others, to transition to secondary school; the Thursday night youth sessions were a nice, fun break in the week where we debated, cooked and played pool; the mentoring they provided really helped me in life.  Having someone to just talk to made a major difference. Quest has been a huge family that I got to be part of for nine years, the rest of my life really. No matter where you go or what you do Quest will always be there, which I’m so happy about because I don’t know what I'd do without them!"

My story - Dylan

"I've been coming to Hackney Quest for 9 years. I'm thankful for the opportunities and social skills I've gathered that have helped me build confidence in my day-to-day life. Not only has Quest helped me gain work experience, make new connections and go on amazing trips but it has given me new friendships.

My favourite Quest experience was a 5 day boat trip in the English channel."

My story - Elizabeth

"I've been coming to Hackney Quest for 8 years. It's a second home to me - it makes me feel safe to be myself without the worry of people judging me. I love growing up here, meeting new people, and the volunteers.

I go to the homework club to get help with my school work and I also have a mentor who I can talk to and get help with life in general.

Some great things have happened to me at Quest: I received a Jack Petchey award, I've been on a lot of fun residentials and I received the help I needed to get me to the Brit summer school."

My story - Ashraf

"Life is constantly full of deadlines. You don't have a date and a topic, don't know what it is or why you're doing it but you just have to do it because you don't want to find out what will happen if you don't: it's frightening for a young person......

Thanks to Hackney Quest, I had options opened up to me and I didn't have to worry about the deadlines anymore. I finally had control over it all, and not it's not as frightening as it was before.

And it gets harder as you get older, and soon you'll be expected to do it on your own. I was lucky to have my youth group to support me when no one else could or knew how to...."