Alan found it difficult to interact with others due to a lack of confidence. The Achieve programme pushed him out of his comfort zone to a point where he was confident enough to do a solo performance infront of his peers.
It was the best Christmas present his family could have asked for. Hearing that Alan had stood on a stage singing a solo at the school Christmas concert.
Filled with newfound confidence, happy in himself and full of potential, Alan has made a remarkable transformation, thanks to the support of his loving family, the team who run the Achieve programme at the Dacorum Education Support Centre and The Prince’s Trust.
Alan did not fit in at school. He did not get on with the other pupils and often walked out of lessons when it was getting too much for him. As much as he loves his family, it was not easy living with five other people in a two-bedroom home. Things got worse when they were forced into temporary accommodation following a severe flood.
To give Alan some extra support he was encouraged to join the Achieve programme. At first, he did not get on with anyone and preferred to work alone. However, he was determined to do well and started to enjoy the activities and working with the other students.
Alan really enjoyed his visits to a local recording studio where he developed his love for singing and thrived on his work experience at a care home. It was here that he realised he wanted a career in the health and care industry.
It’s taken time, but Alan has found his place in life.
Alan is our National Ascential Educational Achiever of the Year 2020. This award recognises young people who have overcome barriers, developed new skills and improved their education prospects.