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Stories of hope

Stories of hope

The work of Wesley Mission takes us to places near and far and along the way we meet some extraordinary people. We consider it a privilege and an honour to journey with people through their darkest nights and their brightest days. Some of these people have the courage and grace to share their stories with us.

Sarah's story: The gift of joy at Christmas

Sarah spends the day with her mother Christine, and brother Tim. They make do with the little they have but an empty fridge and nothing under the tree, however, are difficult truths amid the neighbourhood festivities.

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Vicki’s story: Giving carers a break

Vicki knows all too well how tiring and isolating looking after an adult daughter with autism can be. Read her story and find out how Wesley Mission respite care provided this devoted mother and carer with much needed breaks and social support.

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Haydn’s story: Returning childhood joy

Fifteen-year-old Haydn was lonely, angry and in trouble at school. Discover how Wesley Mission worked with Haydn and his family to turn things around and help him to enjoy childhood once again.

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Lyndall's story: Hope through hardship

For Lyndall, a struggling sole parent of eight children, a Wesley Mission playgroup was a much needed source of support. Read how Lyndall went on to support other local mums by leading the group herself.

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Jamie's story: Nowhere left to run

Eight-year old Jamie’s life had been full of abuse and instability. Read his story and find out how Jamie came to understand trust, sharing and the power of unconditional love.

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Dylan's story: Looking for love

Dylan lives a short drive from Newcastle’s finest beaches but has never felt its sand between his toes. Find out how Wesley Aunties and Uncles can transform the lives of children like Dylan. 

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Candice's story: Building stronger families

Candice’s childhood traumas made caring for her own children difficult. Read her story and discover how the Wesley Brighter Futures program helped Candice give her children the love and care she missed out on as a child.  

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Mia's story: I need help

In the mornings, Mia is woken by her older brother. Together, they try their best to make breakfast. As you could imagine, for a girl who isn’t yet four, this is not easy.

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Zoe and Ryan's story: Finding shelter

Things changed for Zoe and Ryan after their Dad left. Their mum would still pick them up from school, but they no longer went home.

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Ella and Liam's story: Fostering hope

Home wasn’t safe for Ella. So she took her little brother, Liam, and left.
Ella remembers a neighbour taking them to the police station. The police were kind, but Ella and Liam were scared and needed a real family. 

Read Ella and Liam's story