Monday 19th March, 2012

Change is catching

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Ashley’s enthusiasm for life has been transformed through his attendance at Step-Up alternative education courses at Romsey Mill and work experience in Romsey Children’s Centre. His positive attitudes are now benefiting the children with whom he works.

Ashley joined the Step-Up alternative education programme in September this year, having been involved in groups for a number of years. He made a strong start to the course, though he is not in mainstream school having been excluded a number of times. Reflecting now, he described his previous behaviour as ‘appalling’.

As well as seeing Ashley at Step-Up, staff set up a work experience placement for Ashley at the Children’s Centre, where Ashley has excelled. He brings a calm, considerate and fun presence to the Children’s Centre and has delighted both children and staff. In particular, Ashley has helped one young child with an autistic spectrum condition to engage with the sessions in a more fulfilling way. His work led to a ‘break through moment’ with the child.

Ashley is working towards a Level 1 Diploma in Uniformed Services as well as completing two days of work placement each week. He has recently signed up for extra volunteering hours, starting a career path towards becoming a qualified youth worker.