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Homesense Young Achiever

Our Young Achiever Award recognises inspiring young people who have overcome barriers to transform their lives.

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After overcoming health challenges and a disrupted education, Olivia, from Carnoustie, is now thriving as a healthcare support worker for the NHS – working in the same ward where her mum is receiving treatment.

“I never thought I would have so many options or a future with my dream career. When I think back to my time at school, it was really difficult for me. I had health conditions that weren’t under control, and I was awaiting major surgery on my jaw. I often had to miss classes for medical appointments or because I wasn’t well enough to attend.

“It got to a point where I decided to leave school early to focus on my health, even though I knew I may never be able to go to university or college due to my grades. Although I was upset, I accepted it.

“In March 2019, my mum fell ill, and this had a huge impact on me and my family, as we had already lost my dad to cancer. Although we were all able to support each other, it came as a shock.”

Despite these challenges, Olivia was determined to explore options that would help her to build her confidence and skills. After seeing an advert for a Prince’s Trust course run in partnership with NHS Scotland and Dundee & Angus College, Olivia decided to apply. The six-week course offered her the training and work experience she needed to start a career in the NHS.

Olivia flourished on the course, especially during her placement on a Gastroenterology ward. After completing the programme, she secured a job as a Healthcare Support Worker in the same Haematology Ward that is treating her mum, and she went on to gain a HNC Care and Administrative Practice qualification. Olivia is now in the second year of an adult nursing degree at Dundee University.

The Prince’s Trust and NHS have had a massive impact on my life - as soon as I started the course, I already saw a better future for myself. A future that I didn’t see before, having a career I would be proud of, and one I love.

"As soon as I saw a post for haematology, I knew it was where I wanted to work, it is such a specialised unit, an amazing team and I learn something every day.

“I’m really excited to be doing my nursing studies and I have so many forms of support around me. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for The Trust, Dundee and Angus College or the NHS.”

About the sponsor

We would like to say a huge thank you to Homesense for sponsoring the Young Achiever Award.

Homesense’s support of The Prince's Trust Awards since 2017 has made a real difference to the lives of thousands of young people across the UK, inspiring and motivating young people to achieve their best in life.

Find out more about our partnership here.

About our media partner

Fabulous is our media partner for the Homesense Young Achiever Award, helping us to share Olivia's story. Find out more here.