Alice has been accessing our Space 2… youth centre for a number of years. She joined the Space 2… as a way to get out of the house and meet new people. Alice’s home life was turbulent and she started to self-harm as a way to feel in control. After making loads of new friends and gaining some confidence Alice successfully completed her Community Service Volunteer Award and was supported through the job club to apply for a position as an apprentice.

After a successful interview, Alice is now a valued member of the team and is already contributing to the success of the Café. Alice said, “Without the support of the YMCA through the last couple of years she would never have had the confidence to apply for the post”. Alice feels that now she is in a more stable environment and values her new work colleagues’ friendship and support.