After moving to the UK with her family from Albania in 2015, Olivia Xhameta felt lost and alone.
Thousands of miles from her friends and family and in a land where she couldn’t speak the language Olivia was an easy target for bullies.
But thanks to Children North East’s new mentoring service now this 12-year-old has transformed her confidence and really started to settle into British life.
The peer mentoring service, which was supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, aims to combat social isolation amongst young adults and improve their self-confidence.
Olivia was paired up with Georgia Kendal, who helps her to develop her language skills and to try new things – with a friendly face in tow.
Georgia, who hopes to become a children’s nurse, got involved after volunteering in her local primary school.