A Bradford teenager who overcame bullying through music went on to do one of our leadership courses.
Eisha Sajid was only 14 when she found her voice – not as an outspoken angry teenager as you might expect, but as a promising singer-songwriter. Eisha was a victim of bullying and self-harmer and with pent up emotions and low self-esteem she was struggling at home and school. She was referred to Brathay’s Families First programme and as part of this was offered six recording sessions in the studio at our Bradford Centre. It was to change her life.
During the sessions Eisha wrote and performed her song, Dark Days, describing how she felt about being bullied and how the walls were closing in. She performed it live to video and made an appearance on Radio Leeds talking about her experiences.
Despite the title, ‘Dark Days’ was in fact a song of hope. Eisha used it to make the point that you only get one chance in life so why not take it?
Which is exactly what Eisha went on to do, for having discovered her true passion and talent in life she went on to write and record a second song, as well as a selection of covers. From there she continued under our mentoring scheme and began one of our leadership programmes.
‘I found that music really helped,’ she says. ‘The sessions helped me to find a more positive way of expressing my emotions. Recording my songs was a big deal for me and one of my dreams come true.’
Eisha has been able to turn a very negative experience into something positive. She has shown that being bullied will not define her as a person and she’s now helping others not to feel alone and to see that there is a way out.
Brathay youth worker, Fozia Nazneen