This is not just a website. This is an attempt to provide a way for some people affected by Centrepoint to share and connect, support one another, and above all to seek positive outcomes of growth and moving on in healthy ways.
My name is Caroline. You might not remember me. I was a child of Centrepoint, and my time there left deep scars on my heart. I know what has helped me to get where I am today. It has been the result of many people and resources that have brought a sense of perspective, that allows me to be confident and positive about my future.
For many people who were damaged by childhood or adolescent years at Centrepoint, the notion that there could be something to restore from that time might seem incongruous, offensive even. Restoration does not mean making good or making right or covering over. It does not mean minimising or diminishing. It means finding a new way to look at the pain, and reframing it into something which did not just happen to us, but instead something which we can now claim agency over. It means turning a shitty inheritance into something new, gaining control over it, restoring it for ourselves, and for our children. It means one day being able to sit with our memories of that time without feeling angry, triggered, traumatised or simply alone with it.
The Centrepoint Restoration Project is a vision to recreate a phoenix from the Centrepoint Community ashes for those people who look back on those years with heartache or shame. To work together to make something new, and something better than the ashes that we have been left with for all of these years.
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Anke Richter opens up the story again in catching up with some of Centrepoints children in 2018.
She provides another insight to the journeys of the forgotten children that were part of the community and where they are now, what they are doing and how they have established their adult lives beyond Centrepoint