I left school at 16, and I thought I knew it all. I thought I can’t stand education, I’m going to go out and try and find work but it became quite depressing, that cycle of applying for jobs and getting turned down…

Someone mentioned to me that the programme was coming to Reading, my twin sister went at first and then I joined her later – it was the best decision I ever made, it’s led me to where I am today.

I’ve probably gone from this young person who knew it all, who didn’t care about authority to someone who takes pride in what they do and has grown up, going on this self-discovery journey.

After leaving the programme I joined the Metropolitan Police. It’s all fun and games and then you go into the real world and then you have to put everything you’ve learned into practice.

The Trust is very inspiring and they’re very different to other charities. They’re not just giving you handouts, they’re equipping you for real life. The skills they have given me have allowed me to make those life choices and to get me through it.