I started college on the Prince’s Trust programme then moved on to PEZ, followed by PEZ Plus.
On completing PEZ Plus I was offered a voluntary role as Assistant Team Leader for PEZ - I gladly accepted. I assisted with paperwork and helped support the young people on the programme. The College had given me so much, it was great to be able to give something back.
I went on to study SVQ Level 2 Hospitality, which I enjoyed, but I decided not to apply for the next level. Instead I embarked on a full-time HNC Social Care, whilst also studying an HNC in Counselling in the evening. It was hard work but I gave 100% which paid off. In my Graded Unit exams I achieved an A in Counselling and a B in Social Care. I was really proud of myself.
I decided I wanted to work with young people facing similar struggles to those I had encountered. I progressed to the University of the West of Scotland on the BA Social Services with Education.
During the course I undertook a work placement at ‘Spark a Genius’ where I worked with young people with behavioural issues. Many had been expelled from school and my aim was to re-engage them with education. I felt I could really relate to them and talk from my own experiences.
If it wasn’t for the College I wouldn’t be where I am now. My time there helped me to overcome so many personal issues and I have come so far. The staff were so kind and helpful and I felt supported at all times.