Strathmore Centre for Youth Development (SCYD)
Abby had been doing some volunteering for SCYD Events, which is our voluntary events service run by young people, for a while. But she was doing it more as a hobby than as a path to something else. She didn’t want to do anything in particular, she didn’t have any work experience and she wasn’t sure where she was going.
Abby was lacking direction after leaving a Vehicular Mechanics Course she had started. She was not wishing to return to college nor interested in finding a job.
Abby had no plans, but hoped to earn some money in the future, and go travelling. While she was still volunteering with SCYD Events, the Prince’s Trust came in and asked if we had anyone we wanted to put forward. I asked her, and she wasn’t too sure at first, but she went for it.
We felt it was important to encourage and support her move into the Prince’s Trust, so she could get experience of working with other young people. She knew someone there in Kenmore where they run one of the centres but she wouldn’t have gone for any of these things on her own.
In the end she was the only one from our group who did decide to go, which was a brave step. And she realised just how motivated she is.
Abby's main challenge was that she didn’t have any plans, objectives or destination in mind. By being patient and talking to her about the Prince’s Trust and its benefits we were able to convince her that this could be a great thing for her to do.
We have supported Abby as she goes through the Prince’s Trust programme, and she has now seen where she fits in with other people. From this experience she has come to the conclusion that she actually does love what she’s doing, and it’s now for her to make it happen. She’s been comparing herself to other volunteers in the programme, and has seen just what she has to give and how, in fact, she is motivated.
She met with us the other day and she said, “I know exactly what I want to do. I want to do conference meetings, and team-building, working with professionals.” And suddenly she knows who she is now. We are attending her graduation from the Prince’s Trust and have already identified suitable placements and contacts with which to follow on. She still plans to volunteer on SCYD Events even when she eventually starts working full time … she just loves it!
If you’re aged 16-25 and you’d like support to move into work, volunteering, further education or training, you can pop in and visit us, email [email protected] or call 01250 872121. We are open from 9am to 5pm. You can just pop in – you don’t need an appointment. We also have a purely social drop-in running from 2pm to 6pm Thursdays and Fridays at present; this is due to be expanded.
We’ll have an initial chat to find out what you need support with and how we can work together.
If you’re an employer, charity or other organisation who’d like to work with us or find out more about how we support young people, please call 01250 872121 or email [email protected]