ENJOYING AND ACHIEVING
I was a child in care and now I am a Qualified Youth Worker
I never thought I could get far due to being in the care system and missing lots of school.
I thought I would be working in a dead-end job for the rest of my life.
I applied for a Youth Work Apprenticeship and thought ‘Oh I'll give this a try.
Two years down the line and I finished my apprenticeship and passed my Level 2 in Youth Work.
I thought, 'Great, it's all finished.'
Level 3 came out, so I took the plunge and went for Level 3.
Just over another 2 years later I am now a QUALFIED YOUTH WORKER!!
I never thought I would be able to achieve any of this or be where I am today.
SO, this just shows, if you are in the care system, or you came from a “normal” background, we are ALL THE SAME.
IF you put your mind to it, YOU CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING YOU WANT!
WHEN people stereotype us because we're from a different background, just remember to tell them, ‘WE'RE NO DIFFERENT TO ANYONE ELSE - everyone can achieve anything, when their head is in the game.”
I'd like to thank Wakefield Council's Apprenticeship Team for giving me the opportunity, the Next Steps Leaving Care Team for having faith in me- especially Dawn Barrand and Kelly Smith, and all of the Youth Service Team.
NOW, I have a permanent job within the Youth Hub as a Youth Community Support worker and I couldn't be happier.
I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT CHAPTER OF MY LIFE
The Care4Us Awards 2023
This year there are three ways we will be celebrating children in care and care leavers achievements!
In February it's the Care4Us Awards for 13-17 yr-olds
On Aug 3rd its the Fun Day For Children aged 0-13 and their foster and residential families.
And in October it's the Care Leavers Awards 18-25yrs