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Fixers: the young mum putting the fun back into healthy food

Many parents find it difficult to get young children to eat a healthy diet, especially if their kids are fussy eaters.

A mother from Exeter who understands the problem has decided to lend a helping hand - creating a cook book packed with information about healthy snacks and meals.

She's enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to put goodness into fun food.

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.

Abused teenager's warning to single parents

'Paige' (posed by an actor) was abused as a child by her mother's partner Credit: Fixers

A teenager from Somerset, who was sexually abused as a child by her mother's partner, is warning single mums and dads to think more about who they let into their homes.

'Paige' - not her real name - was groomed and abused for three years from the age of eight, until her abuser was caught and sent to prison. He had threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone.

He was taking me out, buying me expensive gifts. And then it got a bit more serious where he would touch my hair and help me get dressed. He was trying to get close to me. But without my mum. After a year of gaining my confidence, the physical abuse started.

– 'Paige', Child abuse victim

Fixers: Finding a job when you're disabled

Now, for many young people finding a job after leaving school or college is a tough proposition. But imagine the additional barriers for those who are disabled.

We've been talking to Tommy Gundry from Liskeard who has made it his mission to tackle those barriers - and make local employers recognise that disabled workers are as good as anyone else.

He enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to make his point.


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Fixers conference on road safety

Every two days a young person dies, or is seriously injured, in an accident on the region's roads. Now, a group of young people - including some from our region - have been at a conference to tackle the issue

As part of the FIXERS project that gives young people a voice, they want to influence a forthcoming government Green Paper on young drivers.

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