John, 21, from Glasgow, turned to the
Fairbridge programme for support after his life had become chaotic.
He was keen to use his experience to support other young people and
highlight Fairbridge’s work to potential supporters.
John’s life had become fairly chaotic, but
with the support of Fairbridge programme he took steps to
distance himself from a life-long friend whom he felt no longer had
a positive impact on his life.
As a Young
Ambassador, John has been involved in a number of corporate events
presenting his journey to several hundred people and encouraging
support from donors and supporters inspired by his story.
A Fairbridge partnership with Nike gave John
the opportunity to participate in a short film which will be used
as an intervention tool to help young homeless people in Glasgow.
John was very committed throughout filming, often working 12 hour
days to ensure an honest portrayal of his journey, which will help
empower other vulnerable young people. The film was used at the
launch of the new Nike store in Glasgow to highlight the
partnership and John also gave a short speech to invited
John played a key role at a fundraising lunch
with Edinburgh’s leading financial institutions, taking time to
consider his audience and draft his speech accordingly.
With a new passion for health and wellbeing
developed through his love for running, John was part of the launch
and pitch of the Small Steps 4 Life practitioner toolkit for
Fairbridge’s training operation. He delivered a presentation from a
young person’s perspective about the links between housing, support
and diet to leading health practitioners including the Department
of Health’s Chief nutritionist and Head of Communications.
John continues to be involved with Fairbridge, helping motivate
and inspire other young people and uses the skills he has learned
as an ambassador to cope with everyday life. Hoping to secure a
place at college, John realises he has real potential and is
working towards a positive future.
We would like to acknowledge the individuals or organisations
who have played a key role in helping this young person achieve
success through their Prince’s Trust programme.
- Stuart Fyfe, Manager, Fairbridge
- John Martin, Senior Trainer,
- The Big Lottery Fund