Louise hadn’t been attending school when we first met. She told us that bullying had left her feeling anxious about being with her peers. Her key worker visited her regularly in her home to discuss her interests, support her think through the options that were available before and after her official school leaving date.
During our discussions, it was clear that she enjoyed being creative and had an artistic flair. Hey key worker told her about Impact Arts, and together went to visit their workshop to find out if Louise would be interested in going there one afternoon per week.
On their first visit, she was so enthusiastic about what they could offer that she signed up for a full time training course. Being in a group with her peers was a cause of anxiety for Louise, however, so her key worker went with her on the first day and joined in the session until she felt she couldn’t manage any longer. She didn’t give up and really wanted to make it work. We came back the next day and Louise managed to stay longer. The Impact Arts staff were great at being flexible and encouraging. By the end of the second week, she was able to go herself and manage a whole day.
We checked in with Louise during the 12 week training course. One day we met her and she told us she couldn’t believe she was getting paid a training allowance to go to Impact Arts, and she had been using the money to buy materials so she could practice at home. She was growing in confidence, awareness of her skills, and obviously loving it. By the end of the training, she had been offered a place at college. She has since moved on successfully to further her studies there.