My life could have so easily have turned out a different way if it wasn’t for FARE.
I didn’t have the best start in life. In fact, those early years were pretty tough. Living in the east end of Glasgow, I was brought up by a single parent household and my Dad died when I was 12 years old.
By age 14 I would describe myself as an angry wee man. I had been kicked out of School. I had no direction in my life, I had picked up 12 Police charges and spent my time kicking about the streets of Carntyne. It was on the streets of Carntyne that I encountered FARE aged 16, and I began to get involved in their programmes.
I had no qualifications and no faith in myself or an idea of what I could do with my life. But FARE did: they offered me the opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship with FARE to gain an Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) level 3 in Youth Work. I didnâ€™t think I could do it, but I got the job.
After completing my SVQ, FARE suggested I go on to apply to College to do a Higher National Certificate which I passed, and it was FARE who suggested I donâ€™t stop there and I had the potential to go on to University. In December 2017, I graduated with an Honours Degree from the University of Glasgow.
I remember when FARE first suggested I go to College I said: â€śNobody in my family goes to College,â€ť and Iâ€™ve gone on to complete an Honours Degree! If it wasnâ€™t for FAREâ€™s ongoing support and commitment my life could have been so different.
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