John’s story – taking the first step towards a future in sport


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After attending various other educational services with little or no positive outcomes, John, 17, was introduced to Barnardo’s by a friend who was already benefitting from the Study Programme.

John worked on a one-to-one basis with a Barnardo’s support worker who helped him to address his on-going issues with offending, to engage and focus him on a positive future, and to build his self-belief.

The individual learning plan created by the Barnardo’s team enabled John to achieve Level 1 in Functional Maths, Functional English and Sports Awards. John is now much more motived, engaged and positive about his future. He has progressed on to college and is continuing his interest in sports; working towards his Level 2 award.

“I didn’t believe that Barnardo’s would really help me to achieve, but they did.”

“I am so proud of how John has developed as a person and I believe that is down to the support and encouragement he received whilst he was with Barnardo’s, I can’t thank you enough.”
John’s Mum