I’ve been getting support from VIP for just over a year.
My son has had problems with a rival gang.
I have been very worried about his safety and well-being. He is known through social media and I had a general concern about him appearing in Drill music videos showing his face when everyone else was covering theirs.
I’ve had concerns around certain incidents involving his friends being stabbed or targeted at their homes and my sons name has been mentioned. Knowing such information can’t be ignored.
I lived on an estate in Hammersmith and Fulham where it was very open. There would always be a new set of boys hanging around my house. Everyone knew my son lived there and it would have been so easy for an incident occurring there.
While going through such issues, having support from people who actually seem to understand what you’re going through is amazing. It’s been like having a third eye. Charlie always seems to know what’s going on within my son and his peers which is amazing as I’ve been able to keep one step ahead being informed by VIP.
I’ve had situations where my son hasn’t returned home, and they have actually lived it with me. Any time of the day or night, VIP have supported me. Having me and my son engage with them by home visits or by taking my son out for a one to one has been positive. It is needed. These people get it they understand from the parents point a view but always take on board the young person’s feelings and opinions.
They have assisted with my family being able to move and be somewhere safer where we are not known. There must be so many other families going through what I’ve had to injure that need this help I’m sure. No one can go through these kinds of situations alone.
While other agencies take a harsher approach, VIP are caring and understanding and generally want the best for the young person and the family.
We are safe now with the help of VIP and I still have a home visit or a conversation by phone.
I am grateful for being supported by VIP and I’m definitely certain other families could benefit from VIP