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Feeling isolated at home

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I’m isolated at home with an emotionally abusive family. I want to pick up activities after school and give back to my community so I can spend less time at home and find more meaning in life, but I don’t know what to do. All of the things I’d be interested in doing require you to be over 18. I’m 16. Im very philosophical and care about social issues, so I’d like to do something surrounding those traits. I would’ve liked to work at a homeless shelter, but they won’t take minors. There’s no one in my life who’s involved enough to help me with this, so I’d really appreciate it if you could help.


Hey there, thanks for getting in touch!
It takes courage to reach out, and we’re glad you did. It sounds like you’re going through a tough time, feeling stuck in a difficult family situation. It’s important to know that you’re not alone, and there are people who care about you and want to support you.
Feeling isolated at home can be incredibly challenging, especially if it’s emotionally abusive. It’s admirable that you’re looking for ways to spend less time at home and find meaning in life through activities that resonate with you. 
It’s understandable that you’re frustrated that many opportunities require you to be over 18, but there are still options available. You have a deep interest in philosophical and social issues, which opens up opportunities to make a difference in your community, even at 16.
Consider reaching out to local community centres, schools, or youth organisations. They may have programs or initiatives that align with your interests and welcome younger volunteers.
Additionally, you could explore virtual volunteering opportunities or start your own initiative, like organising a fundraiser or awareness campaign for a cause you’re passionate about. Perhaps getting in touch with your local Volunteer Centre could help you find an opportunity also
Remember, your safety is the top priority. If you ever feel unsafe at home, don’t hesitate to reach out to emergency services at 999 or 112. You are never alone, and there are resources available to support you, such as the Childline team.
We’re here for you 24/7 to listen, provide a safe space, and explore options with you. You can contact us for free at 1800 66 66 66 or through webchat at
Keep staying strong, and know that brighter days are ahead,

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