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Sheffield Futures service secures bright future for young mum

Sheffield Futures service secures bright future for young mum

Ruth Durkin No Comment

A 22-year-old woman from Sheffield has started her dream career with support from Sheffield Futures.

Lauren Bonnick, a mother of two, is studying for a University qualification in Youth Work after working with one of our Advisers to turn her strengths into employable skills.

Our new campaign, #AFutureForAll, aims to encourage and assist young people in pursuing their aspirations for the future in education and employment. Our advisers work alongside young people to develop their strengths and help carve their path to a real career.

Lauren heard about Sheffield Futures through Sheffield City Council when she was looking for housing accommodation. She’d recently left school and was studying for a Level 3 qualification in Hairdressing. Martin Reid, a Personal Adviser at Sheffield Futures, supported Lauren to become self-employed, pass her driving test and set up a mobile hair and nail business.

Lauren said: “He put everything in perspective and made me realise that things were possible. I wouldn’t have known where to go without that support. It’s meant that I can balance being a single Mum with my education”

“I told him that I’d love to do a job like his – helping young people – and he did everything he could to help me on my way.”

Martin said: “I saw real potential in Lauren as she had great people skills and was always surrounded by a big group of friends. She was an ideal candidate for studying Youth Work so we contacted training providers and started the process.”

Lauren is currently completing a Degree-level Youth Work qualification at Sheffield Hallam University and is supporting homeless young people’s group work sessions.

Lauren said: “In terms of my future plans, I enjoy any work with young people. I know how much it helped me so I’d like to do the same for others. I wouldn’t be where I am today without having someone there for that support.”

“My advice to young people looking for work is to speak to an Adviser at Sheffield Futures and tell them what you enjoy and what you want to do. If you focus on what’s going to make you happy right now, the right thing will happen.”

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