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Team: Southampton 58
What were you doing before you started with the Prince’s Trust team programme?
“I didn’t like being around other people, so I was stuck in my bedroom most of the time doing artwork or cleaning to avoid other people.
I finished school at 16 and went to college to do a painting and decorating course but I didn’t know what to do next.”
What made you want to undertake the team programme?
“The team leader dropped one of the leaflets through my door and I’d noticed the poster on display in the office. My key worker talked to me about what the course would be like and asked if I’d be interested.”
What did you want to gain from undertaking the team programme?
“Seeing fire engines was a massive appeal! I was scared about socialising and wanted to gain the confidence to overcome this barrier. I’ve learnt patience, I’m more patient now and I don’t get myself upset or say something I know I’ll later regret. I stop and think, let’s just remove myself and go and calm down.”
How did you find the Fire Station input to your programme?
“I loved it! Getting to put on breathing apparatus and be blindfolded to experience what it’s like for a firefighter, was a real highlight. We did challenges with the firefighters and the arson prevention team explained to us how quickly fires can spread and what to do to avoid fire. Their input has made me more cautious about overloading my plug sockets in my bedroom.”
How do you feel coming to the end of the programme?
“I’m nervous about the course ending and having to read my speech to everyone. I’m really pleased my dad and key worker will be there to watch.”
What does the next chapter look like for you?
“I’d like to go back to college to achieve my Level 1 in Health and Social Care and Counselling to one day work for a suicide prevention group or at a children’s home.
Having had first hand experience of the care system I’d like to use my past to help change the future for others.”
What would you say to a friend who was thinking about joining the programme?
“It offers good opportunities for you to learn and makes things better for your future. “