Curtis attended the Get on Track for Employability programme delivered in partnership with Sanctuary Supported Living in Hartlepool in 2019. This is his story.

Since coming out of school I worked at Mcdonalds for 10 months. I also did a year at college but had to leave two months before the end. I wasn’t getting along with my family, I got kicked out of my mum's because we weren't getting along, I moved in with my nana but got kicked out of there too. I was happy to get out of my mum's house but didn't want to move into Sanctuary, so things were difficult at first.

Once I heard about the Get on Track programme I couldn’t wait to sign up for it. I gave every session 100 per cent and I loved all of the activities. Before I started Get on Track, my self-confidence was at an all-time low, I was in a bad place and tried to commit suicide. The course made me feel good about myself again and gave me more self-belief.  One of the best things about Get on Track has been getting structure back in to my day, it’s really helped me get back in to a routine. If the course was a couple of days a week that would have been even better.

Jenny Wallwork, athlete mentor:

Curtis is definitely ready for the next challenge, his new found confidence has motivated him to really work hard to find the job he loves, he is ready to apply for his next apprenticeship within the sporting sector and we're excited to see what the future holds for him.

Local service manager Sonya Ellerton commented:

I have seen such an improvement with Curtis since the programme started, he has been getting up early, he is more positive and motivated and had 100% attendance on the programme. Before the programme started Curtis did not really engage with others but since then he has come on leaps and bounds and got involved with lots of other activities within the service and with other residents.

I have really enjoyed working with Jenny and James, they are really inspiring people as they are just like me and look what they have achieved. Sport is my passion in life and to do this as a career would be amazing. They have both taken a really laid-back approach which has made it easier for me to communicate with them.

I've always been involved in sports in some way. In year four I started to love tennis and eventually played county level. It helped me both mentally and physically. I recently applied for a PE teaching apprenticeship and got to the third stage and unfortunately it ended there. I want to keep pushing until I do get a job within sports. I want to find a job I love and enjoy rather than just do it for the money.

We're really pleased to be working with Sanctuary Supported Living to deliver four Get on Track for Employability programmes in Banbury, Brighton, Hartlepool and Weston-super-Mare. You can find out more about the programme here.