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Emily M

Emily M

Name: Emily Morris
Age: 21
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Birmingham
Campaign: To support young people affected by their parents’ divorce

My parents separated in 2012 and their divorce was finalised this year.


During the process, I did have support from my family but I felt I didn’t have much support at school.


As a young person affected by a marriage breakdown, you can feel isolated and you need to have someone to talk to.


With Fixers, I have created a resource containing information that I feel is valuable for other young people whose parents are splitting up.


I want them to better understand the process so they have an idea of what to expect, while reassuring them that they’re not alone.

Bethany Wallace, Ryan Hoadley-Thaxter and Dani Bearman are helping me with this Fix.

Youth Social Action Fund

My Fixers project has been supported by the Cabinet Office’s Youth Social Action Fund.

As part of the Cabinet Office initiative ‘Step Up to Serve’, which is spearheaded by HRH The Prince of Wales, Fixers is working in partnership with the Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF) to offer the Fixer experience specifically to young people in Birmingham and parts of Kent.

Bury St Edmunds School Nursing Team
The school nursing team, who work with children aged between 5 and 19, have been supportive of my Fixers project. They’ve asked to use my resource to help their young people whose families have been affected by divorce.

Kings Norton Library
The team at Kings Norton Library support my project. Christine Lilley appeared in my broadcast piece and they've agreed to display my Fixers booklets there.

Relate
Nicky Owen, Young People’s Counsellor at Relate, has supported my Fix. She agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast film, where she discusses the ways in which young people can be affected by divorce.

April 2015
I was given the opportunity to write a blog about my project for 'Your Family First'. Click here to read the post.


March 2015
News of my Fixers campaign appeared in the Yorkshire Post and on the University of York website. Click on the image below to read the newspaper article.


I've also been speaking about my Fix on Minster FM, BBC Radio York and BBC Radio Sheffield.


January 2015

My Fixers booklet is now ready, and I’ve received some really positive feedback. Scroll down to read the comments.

Fixer Emily Morris with her finished booklet

 

Hollie Jones: ‘The Divorce Support For Young People booklet, written by Emily Morris, is such a wonderful resource for young people to use when faced with such a difficult circumstance. Emily is truly inspirational, and sharing her experience and advice will help other young people, and will undoubtedly make a difference.’

Jack: ‘I appreciated the booklet as I felt I didn’t have much support when I was going through my parents’ separation. I looked on the internet, but I couldn’t find much material.’

Louis: ‘This is great. As I'm currently going through this, I know that it can be difficult to get the support - especially when you are old enough to understand every issue relating to the break-up. Divorce is hard on young children but it can cause major issues for young adults as well, so thank you for helping create a good support system for those who are older and in need of aid.’

John: ‘I think it was relevant and it was nice to see a support network which was supported by your own story. Divorce is a tough thing to go through and the booklet helps people to know they're not alone.'

Natasha: ‘Informative, friendly and relevant for so many young people who deal with the unforeseen and often unacknowledged consequences of divorce. I love the booklet.’

Ben: ‘I have a lot of respect for how you turned a traumatic experience in your life into something so positive.’

Dan: ‘I admire your courage to seek help and share with others - inspirational!’

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