When Sophie started at Young Devon she really struggled with one to one sessions. Sophie had little to no confidence, barely left her house and was self-harming. After coming in a few times and speaking to her about the courses, Sophie agreed that she would come and see what they were like. Sophie eventually felt that she would be able join the next group as she was desperate to work on her confidence and be around other young people.
During the course, we worked on short term and long term goals. Short term was just to say hello and talk to everyone in the group. After a few team building games and icebreakers Sophie realised she could achieve things. Her long term goal was to finish the ILS course.
As part of the course there is a fundraising activity. Here Sophie was able to take a lead role as she had so many fantastic ideas and soon became head chef in the kitchen.
Sophie had started to make friends and had become ‘best friends’ with another girl on the course and was having sleep overs.
The course soon came to a finish and the difference in her from the 12 weeks before was so impressive. Sophie had hit her long term goal of finishing the course.
Sophie has started to really feel independent. She can get the train in everyday, stay with friends and feels like she is achieving her educational goals.
With help from Young Devon’s housing team at YES Sophie is now living independently too.
The success for Sophie has been achieved by the relationship with staff, the teams creating a package of support and also by Sophie working so hard on developing herself. Well done Sophie!