After I left college I was jobless for a long time, which was hard. When you have a job you can find other jobs everywhere, but when you don’t, no-one will give you work. I didn’t want my family to see that I’d sunk right to the bottom.
I saw a Barnardo’s outreach worker in the street and she told me about their Talent Match programme. She was really supportive and helped me with my CV, looking for jobs, applications and a bit of financial support.
I began doing voluntary work one day a week, and I was encouraged to take a teaching qualification. I took it and now I’m working as a construction assistant for Barnardo’s at The Hub, teaching young people carpentry. I get great pleasure from being able to pass on my knowledge to the students.
In 2015 I was highly commended in the Young Builder of the Year awards, and just to be there for the awards in the Houses of Parliament was one of the best experiences that I’ve had. With the right kind of support, anything is possible.
Barnardo's work with children and young people who have mental health difficulties. We run centres where they can come and we ensure they have a worker to talk to. We help them build their confidence and address the root of their difficulties. We also work with parents and other professionals.