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Byline: Today's column is written by Anita Burke, General Manager, A Way Out

RECENTLY I attended a meeting with the fabulous focus of working in 'UNITY'.

Church leaders from the area discussed a collaborative approach to supporting the whole of the Tees Valley in what they called a 'City Vision'.

It was truly exciting to share ideas around being united together, utilising and sharing individual and collective skills for the common good.

"Team work makes the dream work", "alone we can do a little, together we can do much" - it is this very team spirit that enables organisations such as A Way Out to strive towards our aim - to engage, empower and equip vulnerable and excluded women, families and young people to live lives free from harm, abuse and exploitation and to reduce life limiting choices and behaviour.

An issue faced by the women engaged with our Liberty and Blossom service is that of isolation.

These women have had their trust in others stripped away as a result of their experiences of abuse and exploitation.

They can feel alone with a loss of strength and can struggle to find a vision of hope for their future.

Isolation can also be an issue for some of the young people we support through our youth and families services.

A Way Out's staff team, supported by our team of dedicated volunteers, work to deliver our aim through evening outreach, daytime drop-ins and group sessions - together in unity we enable life-changing things to happen.

This teamwork enables and encourages our clients to rebuild their trust in others, to build up their own strength and to see their own positive life vision.

You too could be a part of this team by volunteering your time of offering support.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2018
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