A Child's Voice
Every story matters.
If you have a story of living at Centrepoint it is a
story that matters.
Sharing your story has power to bring about change in your life, and in the lives of others
A Child's perspective
What was it like for you to live at Centrepoint as a child or teenager?
What were some of the experiences that you had there that changed you?
What are the aspects of your story that you feel are not well understood, and keep you isolated from others?
How are you resolving those experiences within yourself?
Can they be resolved?
The responses to these questions will depend on the individual and what they were like as a child or teenager, their supports, their temperament, the mental health and resilience of their parent(s), their age and stage, previous vulnerabilities and how responsive their supports were to their experiences. Some children loved living at Centrepoint, others were deeply traumatised, and many were somewhere in the middle or a confusing mixture of both realities.
Shared stories have the power to vindicate and acknowledge the loss and pain of the individual. Those stories have the power to provoke compassion from others.
Shared stories offer hurt people companions in their journey. They have the power to draw remorse and contrition from hearts which have been closed to their obligation and responsibility for these events.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for your story to be considered for inclusion in the members only forum.
NORTH & SOUTH
28 JULY 2018
Angie is interviewed by the panel of The Project about the documentary of her life. On the panel is Winston Peters, the acting Prime Minister of New Zealand
"The ordinary response to atrocities is to banish them from consciousness. Certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable.
Atrocities, however, refuse to be buried. Equally as powerful as the desire to deny atrocities is the conviction that denial does not work. Folk wisdom is filled with ghosts who refuse to rest in their graves until their stories are told. Murder will out. Remembering and telling the truth about terrible events are prerequisites both for the restoration of the social order and for the healing of individual victims."
Judith Lewis Herman
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror