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Service user

"The experience I've had is second to none."

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I’m Ade, a young person from Southwark. Last year, I didn’t have a lot going for me and had no motivation. I just went to the gym or stayed at home all day. I received a call from someone at Catch22 inviting me to join the Unlock It programme. He told me he was a care leaver who had experience of the system and knew how it was to be in my position.

Initially I was apprehensive as I didn’t know anyone on the course. However, everyone was very welcoming and made it easy to get engaged in the sessions. The one that resonated with me the most was the ‘Managing Conflict’ session which showed me new ways to address certain issues and how to make the most of the things around me.

The work experience side of the programme was very enlightening – I saw what it was like to work in an office environment. I’m now an apprentice at the local council, doing business administration in the housing and modernisation department.

“Just a few months ago I never would have envisioned myself with a job and the ability to financially support myself. The experience I’ve had has been second to none.”