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Kieran’s story: “They helped me get into college”

Kieran’s story: “They helped me get into college”

Keiran shows that with determination and the right support, everyone can achieve their goals and make a fresh start.

Keiran has a difficult relationship with his father due to his father’s alcohol misuse, and lives with foster parents for part of the week. He has dyslexia, and struggled to read and write, but despite these challenges wanted to pursue his love of the outdoors and construction.

Works+ enrolled Keiran on the Adult Achievement Award, knowing it would be a valuable opportunity for him, giving him something current on his CV and the ability to learn new skills that fit with his interest in the outdoors and construction.

Keiran was responsible for the planning and building of a new stretch of path at Bowhill Estate, where he made a huge contribution to group activities and showed a great deal of initiative. The team at Bowhill were supportive of Keiran, which encouraged him to work harder and instilled in him a huge sense of achievement.

Certain about his desire to continue working outdoors, and with the practical experience from Bowhill under his belt, Keiran re-applied for college to do a Landscaping course. In less than a week, Keiran had his interview and was accepted onto the course. Talking about the experience, he said: “They helped me get into college. I’m actually really proud about it, ‘cos I never thought it would happen.”

Keiran made a short film about his experience with Works+, saying he felt “great pride” at his achievements. Currently, Keiran plans to continue college, with the aspiration of one day setting up his own business.

Dean’s story: “My life has changed quite a bit and it’s pretty good.”
26.09.2019

Dean’s story: “My life has changed quite a bit and it’s pretty good.”

  “I was homeless at 16. It was tough. I was alone and living on the streets.” Dean left home and moved to Oban to escape the emotional and physical abuse he had suffered at the hands of his family since childhood. He soon became homeless and was unable to complete his school exams. In

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Anna’s Story: “Link Up has been Life-Changing”
19.09.2019

Anna’s Story: “Link Up has been Life-Changing”

Link Up works closely with people in communities facing significant social and economic challenges, to improve wellbeing and bring people together. Anna* tells her story of the support she received from the work of Link Up in the Gallatown.  Poverty, deprivation, social exclusion and lack of opportunities have had a massively detrimental impact in the

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Chris’ story: “people helping people”
06.08.2019

Chris’ story: “people helping people”

In his 50s, Chris has led a violent life. He has been involved in gang activity and spent long periods in prison. He had attended mental health support groups and clinics over a long period and had been held in secure units for severe mental health issues. He felt “he had no control” over his

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