30 May, 2017
Finding Your Potential: Darcy’s Story
18 year old Darcy* has been a child in care since she was 14. Due to her unsettled life and through no fault of her own, she did not attend school regularly resulting in her not gaining any qualifications. The Youth Support Team started working with her when she was in year 11 and worked closely with her to create a moving on plan, which would help her transition into education, employment or training. However, the team and Darcy both felt that she wasn’t ready for full time courses. Darcy found it difficult to commit because she was not settled at home and the fact she had anxiety and low confidence.
Through trusting and working with the Youth Support Team, Darcy began to slowly build her confidence and eventually started attending classes at the YST Education group where she felt accepted and safe and therefore able to learn. During this time she expressed an interest in bikes and enjoying practical hands on work. It was suggested that she take up work experience with the Gloucestershire Bike Project.
During Darcy’s work experience, she was able to transform an old bike into a working one. She was able to keep the bike once her work experience ended. Work experience with the bike project was a great way for her to build her confidence and found it was something she was good at and could see through to completion.
Her attitude and skills impressed the staff at the bike project resulting in them inviting her back to help teach children from a local special needs school. The experience has increased her confidence and aspirations that she is now looking at working towards an apprenticeship. Darcy said:
I really enjoyed working with The Bike Project because they made me realise I have lots of potential in this sort of career. I feel loads more confident and it has encouraged me to start to study maths and English and look at applying for a job or apprenticeship in the future.”
Maureen from the Bike Project said:
Darcy showed an affinity for the practical hands on nature of bike mechanics. She could certainly go down that route if working in cycle mechanics interested her. Also she was lovely to work with and has the potential to do really well in an area where she has an interest.”
Thanks to the support from the Youth Support Team, Darcy has recently moved into supported housing in Gloucestershire.
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*Name has been changed to protect identity.