Podcast 2 – Fear
Listening to children who have allowed me to record them for these podcasts has been a privilege, expanding our understanding of their lives today, but it has also been very sad and shocking to recognise how badly affected many children are by fear and insecurity. The children I have been listening to in the past few weeks are not dissimilar to those who told us 10 years ago, at the beginning of Jamie’s Farm, that they felt they had to watch their backs. The very first groups came from London and were socially disadvantaged. Now we recognise that the challenges young people face are more wide spread in geography and complexities – inside the home in this digital age as well as outside the home. Young people visit our farms from all over the UK and they share similar stories and experiences. Threats come to many children in many ways.
This month, in conversation with me, they have spoken about their fear for their physical safety due to gangs, their fear of strangers, but also their lack of trust in friends or acquaintances with social media manipulations. It seems a large proportion of children are afraid for their reputations, for their friends and family, for protecting their innocence. Their lives can feel controlled and freedom to be out and about in their environments curtailed. Despite all this, we know that hope is not lost as these young people themselves want to change the world, to create a better culture and we need to work with them to help utilise their energy and intelligence. There is a rawness in hearing from young people themselves rather than reading the adults interpretation of their realities. This is what we have attempted to share with you, their truth and honesty.
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Written and recorded by Tish Feilden
Co-Founder and Lead Therapist