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Fixers: taking on the body beautiful

An aspiring actress from Cornwall is tackling the modern pressure to look perfect and trying to boost young people's self-confidence with a new project.

18-year-old Maddie Wilshire from Truro used to have huge problems with her weight as she struggled to live up to the idealised images she saw everywhere in magazines and on screen.

Now she's trying to help people celebrate their differences rather than wishing they looked like everyone else. She's teamed up with Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to produce posters and postcards celebrating those differences.

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FIXERS: Somerset teenager wants support for LGBT kids in foster care

A Somerset teenager is calling for foster carers to be better trained on how to look after lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) young people.

In our regular update from Fixers, the campaign that gives young people a voice, we bring you the story of 18-year-old Emma Willoughby, who realised she was bisexual while in foster care.

She found the views of her conservative foster parents upsetting and struggled to open up to them about her sexuality. She wants foster parents to have more information on these issues, and has created a suggestion booklet with the Fixers campaign.

She will also be holding workshops with new foster carers through the Somerset Foster team, who are supporting the campaign.


Foster children taking on the bullies

They were bullied at school simply because their families had broken down and they were taken into care, now they want to stop other youngsters suffering a similar fate.

In our latest update from Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - two young people from Bristol say foster children are no different from anyone else when it comes to needing love, friendship and respect.

Giving military children a voice

Many of the UK's 90,000 children of service personnel live in our region. Many have to cope with the stress of having one of their parents far away, often facing the dangers of conflict.

In the latest update from Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - a group of military youngsters in Plymouth aim to help schools better understand the stresses and strains they face in family life.