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Siobhan’s story

Siobhan’s story

Connect 2 is a partnership of the Glasgow based 14:19 Fund charities including: FARE, Impact Arts, Move On, Tomorrow’s People and Venture Trust. It provides a clear pathway to securing a positive destination for young people who are hardest to reach and who have significant challenges to overcome. This case study was written by Siobhan, one of the young people who benefited.

I am eighteen years old and from the Castlemilk district of Glasgow. Since I was a baby I have lived in the local high rise housing estate, Mitchellhill. Living in a tower block as a child wasn’t ideal as I couldn’t go out with friends or go to clubs as the area didn’t have the best reputation.

When I went to high school I liked it, particularly English and Admin. I really struggled with Maths and it made me not want to go to school at all. As soon as I had the opportunity to leave school I took it, as I was confident the qualifications I had gained were enough to get a job.

Reality hit hard when I left school and was unemployed. This was very hard as my mum didn’t have a job and it was difficult for her to get by. Applying for jobs was difficult as the majority of employers were looking for experience, which I had none of. I didn’t see college as an option as I just wanted to jump straight in and get a proper job and earn money, which I soon realised wasn’t as easy as it sounds. I went back to my school careers advisor and she told me that there are a lot of get ready for work courses. I found out about the Connect 2 course and I signed up straight away.It was a way to improve my job skills, meet new people and earn a little bit of money at the same time.

Connect 2 was really good. It kept me motivated as it was always something new every day. I feel this programme was a success for me because I wouldn’t be where I am just now if it wasn’t for Connect 2. It made me want to move up to the next step and develop my skills.
After Connect 2, I completed a Tomorrow’s People course where I got the feel for college too. I then studied an SVQ in Business and Administration at Glasgow Clyde College and found out through Connect 2 that FARE was looking for an Administration Apprentice.

I have now completed my SVQ in Business and Administration and have gained a full time post at FARE. I am going to go on to college to complete my HNC in Business and Enterprise and then my HND. I will then hopefully move on to university to gain my degree. I am very happy with how far I have come and I have a lot of people to thank for this.

I wouldn’t be where i am just now if it wasn’t for Connect 2. It made me want to move up to the next step and develop my skills.

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