Dylan originally did not come onto the programme as was not the right time for support, but he got back in touch at a later date. Dylan was completing some online courses with inner flame it as this was remote, he felt he needed a male role model to support him to move forward in his education and employment. I (Sean) was allocated Dylan and I sent a one-page profile to him introducing him to my skills from a brief phone call of talking about his interest in music he felt comfortable to engage from there we meet in person and have been having weekly meetings face to face since June 2021 to build hup his confidence employability and education passion.
Dylan has undertaken a lot of activities during his time on the programme these include:
– Attending build a bike and gaining AQA qualification in dissembling and reassembling a bike. Feedback from tutor was “Dylan really thrived in the sessions, got on with it without much hesitation and became one of the lads ie.. he bantered a lot. He worked hard and really enjoyed the sessions. Dylan started off shy but near the end of sessions he really came out of his shell”.
– Making friends with another participant of his age and sharing their interest in music and having connections together outside the development worker regime.
– Becoming work ready by being shown how to format a cv transfer transferrable skills and complete cover letters. Applied for a couple roles together.
– Attending on online course run for building bridges participants, Dylan said it has helped with his sleep pattern and given him a routine and helped changed his mindset.
Dylan’s feedback from the programme:
“The support from my development worker is an A-plus, been very supporting, I feel in a better place confidence wise and feel I would stick in a job once in it. Given me the push to overcome my mental barrier of not progressing, feel prepared for the workplace and improved my social confidence and communication”.
Dylan currently has three opportunities lined up which includes a music internship which he has independently applied for himself through some help and tips from his development worker. I am confident that overtime Dylan will get to where he wants to be from being on the programme.