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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.

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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Ashleigh’s story: “I finally have a plan for the future”
06.08.2019

Ashleigh’s story: “I finally have a plan for the future”

For Ashleigh, joining Link Up’s North West Archery Club in 2015 was the spark for a period of remarkable change for her; one which has given her, perhaps for the first time in her life, a sense of direction and purpose. Ashleigh was a young carer for various members of her family throughout her childhood

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Tammie’s story: “I’m learning it’s okay to ask for help”
05.08.2019

Tammie’s story: “I’m learning it’s okay to ask for help”

Having struggled with substance misuse for most of her adult life, Tammie has used her volunteering experience through Link Up to turn her life around. Because of Tammie’s circumstances, her daughter went into her grandmother’s care in 2016. Wanting to be a positive role model for her daughter and to regain custody of her, as

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