Terrified. That was how Ryan Calleya felt when he first attended a Saints Foundation session.
How would he describe himself now? One word pops into his mind. Confident.
This impressive turnaround has been made possible by Saints Works – a project that gives young adults aged 16-25 who are not in education, employment or formal training the opportunity to obtain new skills and improve their possibilities in life.
Ryan picks up the story. “I was suggested street football (an off-shoot of Saints Works) as I was previously depressed. There, I learned about Saints Works.
“I was scared about joining because I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t know anyone else.”
Through the 12-week course, Ryan has visited places of employment whilst learning life skills such as applying for jobs. Of course, there is some football thrown in too.
The impact of the project is clear to see as he is asked what his experience has been like.
He beamed: “I now feel really confident. It has given me meaning as I had no purpose to each day beforehand.
“I’m able to hold conversations better and I have met some really nice people. I feel less stressed and my family have really noticed a difference in me too.”
The ultimate goal of Saints Works is to provide participants with a clear pathway for the future.
For Ryan, his path has become clear. When asked what was next, he was quick to answer.
“I want to go into maintenance. Hopefully I will find a full-time job in this field. It keeps me outside too. Whatever it is, I want to do it.”
Ryan: Terrified no more, ready to take on the world.
Know someone who could benefit from the project? Contact Saints Works Project Officer, Dave Warnes, at [email protected] for more information.
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