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7:00am 24th October 2012

A Cornish teenager has told Pirate FM how she turned her back on a life of drinking, drugs and anti-social behaviour.

The fifteen year old was warned her mum could be sent to jail after she stopped going to school. She told Pirate FM: "When my mum started getting threatening letters from the council saying she's going to get prosecuted because I'm not going to school it made me realise I have to stop and change my life around. I've got to go to school because otherwise I won't have a job."

She got put in touch with a support worker from Redruth organistion White Gold and said that made a massive difference: "It's changed my life really. It's made me realise I've got a future and I'm more confident about myself now. I'm starting college soon to do a pre-sixteen course and then, after I've finished that, hopefully going on to do Hair and Beauty."

White Gold is relaunching, after battling through funding cuts last year. It works with around forty young people aged between seven and twenty.

Director Alan Milliner said: "Hopefully we can get them back on track, back into education, training or employment - all the good things we need our young people to do so they don't fall by the wayside, they don't end up in court, they don't end up costing our county and our country thousands and thousands of pounds.

"A high proportion of these children and young people are in abusive situations. They don't have to have their lives go in that direction. They can change that. It's about turning them around so they can look at life in a more positive way."

7:00am 24th October 2012

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