Ella, 18, was finding study a struggle, until she enrolled on an energetic Prince’s Trust programme.
I left my original course because I had no motivation. I was bored and anxious and needed something new to focus on, so when I got a phone call asking if I wanted to do a three-month course I said I’d do it. There was a real mix of people on the course and we did all sorts on residential. We even climbed up the side of a waterfall! It was rainy and windy but we all had a mint time. We had to cook for each other as one of the teambuilding activities. That was the hard part for me because I can’t cook but I tried really hard and it did go well. I’m now doing a health and social care course because I want to work with autistic and disabled young adults. I’ve been volunteering with the Seashell Trust and have learnt a bit of sign language as well. I’m more confident now. When they took a picture of us on the first day of the Prince’s Trust, I was hiding behind my hand with my glasses and my hair in front of my face. Now I can walk around college and say hi to everyone.