Gainsborough: Personal development course helped to turn teen’s life around

NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard
NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard

Young people are being encouraged to sign up for a life-changing personal development course, run by Lincs Fire and Rescue .

The 12-week personal development course involves action-packed outdoor activities, team challenges, community work, a job placement, and careers guidance.

Dave Glover, 18, from Gainsborough, said the course helped him turn his life around after he was taken into care.

Dave said: “Two years ago I was doing great at school. I had passed 17 GCSE’s, seven of those were A* grades. I was one of the top pupils in my year, but I didn’t apply myself in sixth form and I was kicked out for bad behaviour.”

“I became a troublesome teen, I kept running away from home and ended up in care. My social worker said I should join the Prince’s Trust. I wasn’t sure if the course could help me but I had to do something to turn my life around.”

“The course started with a residential visit in the Peak District, it was absolutely fantastic. I was mixing with lots of different people as we went caving, climbing and took part in some team building exercises.”

“Then we were challenged to give something back to the local community, so we worked together to improve the outside area at the Branston Junior School. It was really satisfying to see the children enjoy our work and I learnt that I could make a difference.”

“The Prince’s Trust has been life changing for me and I would recommend the course to anyone. It has made me realise that the world isn’t against me. I am now studying hospitality at college, I have two jobs, and I help out with the Prince’s Trust programme as a volunteer.”