Having a job and a place of your own might seem like simple goals, but for young people who have been in care, the path to achieving these can be difficult.
Quarriers Coaching For Life Service, which has recently expanded in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk and Renfrewshire, provides intensive support to help young people set and achieve real, practical goals. Young people who have been in care often don’t have anyone to turn to for advice or guidance, and that’s where Life Coaches like Louise come in.
“Reaching goals means different things for everyone, and we take it a step at a time,” says Louise. By exploring what really matters to the young people,
Louise is able to recommend relevant training, education or employment opportunities. This can range from support to complete application forms to finding work experience placements.
17-year-old Garry wanted to find a job he loved, something that allowed him to be creative. While talking with Louise, he mentioned that he liked the idea of working in a bakery. Louise arranged a trial shift, which Garry loved, and he is now taking part in an employability programme which will enable him to secure a work placement.
Coaching For Life is there for young people for as long as they need support, so when Garry is ready to apply for jobs or go to interviews, Quarriers will be with him every step of the way.
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“I think if I hadn’t have come to Coaching for Life I might still be sitting in the house. Now, I’ve got a better idea of what I want to do, I’ve got something to work on, and a focus.”