David's mother died when he was ten-years-old. Though supported by his sister and by attending Romsey Mill groups, a sense of chaos persisted in his life. He got into trouble with the police and was referred to the Youth Offending Service. He didn't care and he had no hopes for the future
However, after being referred to Romsey Mill’s Step-Up programme, things improved. Step-up offers a disciplined alternative education environment in small groups with the chance to achieve through short and longer courses. It was, says David, ‘Better than school... it was wicked to be honest.’ The attitude of the course leaders is key, ‘They’re so respectful, and if you show respect you get it back.’
David has developed skills in teamwork, communications, leadership and coaching, including Level 1 qualifications in Sports Leadership and Uniformed Services. He now has plans for the future and is employed.