The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index


Twenty-year-old Holly Lissimore from Hull had been on benefits for over a year before The Prince’s Trust helped her find a job.

After applying for over 500 jobs Holly’s confidence was at rock bottom and she was very depressed. She says:

being on benefits was horrible. It’s the boredom that gets you. I would just be at home all day, tearing my hair out. Being unemployed was my lowest point all I wanted to do was be able to pay my own bills without relying on the government.

Holly Hull“I couldn’t sleep at night and would lie in bed during the day. I started to give up on myself. I would see jobs and think ‘I’ll never get that’ so I wouldn’t even apply. I thought about going on anti-depressants but I’ve never been the kind of person that couldn’t pull myself out of something.”

Whilst looking for jobs in the care sector, Holly came across a poster advertising the Get into Health and Social Care programme, run with Age UK and contacted The Prince’s Trust. When she was offered a place on the six-week programme she was over the moon and even cried as she was so happy.

She said: "As soon as I started the course I began to feel more motivated, seeing that there were other young people in the same boat as me really helped."

Over the course of the six weeks, Holly learnt the basics of working in care and it gave her the confidence to apply for jobs in that industry.

During the programme, the group visited a care home. After speaking to the manager Holly was encouraged to apply for the full time, permanent position of Domiciliary Care Worker they were advertising for. Holly completed the application form, attended an interview and in the final week of the programme was given the news that she had been successful.

Holly says,

Without the opportunity The Prince’s Trust gave me, I would still be bored, sat at home with no self confidence. Not only has the course given me a self realisation that anybody has the potential to do the things you dream of; I feel excited and more positive about what the future holds.
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