Ibrahim attended the Get on Track for Employability programme delivered in partnership with Sanctuary Supported Living in Banbury in 2019. He left his family in Sudan in 2014 due to the Sudanese Civil War and spent months travelling to the UK as an unaccompanied asylum seeker. This is his story.

It was difficult at first as I was very quiet and unconfident. Get on Track was quite difficult because my English isn’t very good and I didn’t know how to answer the questions, I didn’t have experience. But in the end it was easy because it was interesting and we did lots of fun things! I liked working with Anna and Liz.

The programme will be very helpful when I need a job, my English speaking and reading have improved. I’ve learned about working in a team, and I’m very competitive, I always have to win!

Anna Turney, Athlete Mentor:

Ibrahim is a shining example of how, no matter how tough the challenge, with the right support, young people can learn through experiences and develop skills. He hardly spoke in the first few weeks but came to every session and learned to focus his attention, overcome his shyness and communicate well with others, despite being the youngest member of the group. He is incredibly reliable, polite and resilient, this is a young man who has far to go in life and it was a pleasure to work with him.

Now I’m better at sharing my ideas and supporting others, I’ve become much more self-aware. I now know that I’m driven and determined, and I’m more focused now. Understanding my skills better is important! These skills will help me to be liked, to listen and solve problems in work.

 

I enjoyed working with Anna and Liz, they are kind and respectful of everyone. They helped me when I didn’t understand and helped me to learn from my mistakes. They really helped my confidence to grow

I loved skiing and the work aspiration day at Riding for the Disabled. We had a very small group, but I went to every session and I came up with the idea for the social action project. Young people need support and as young unaccompanied asylum seekers we need to grow our support networks and support each other. We planned and ran a football tournament at Banbury United Football Club. It was brilliant! Many people came from different countries and everyone had fun. I felt proud that we had done something in the community.

I am studying mechanics in college this year as well as English and Maths. In the future I plan to become a car mechanic, or possibly an entrepreneur and start my own business.


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.