It wasn’t so long ago that she would spend all of her time in her bedroom and the sheer thought of getting up and going outside would completely overwhelm her. She struggled for many of her teenage years with depression, anxiety and self-harm which would take over her life, causing her to miss college.

It was this low attendance that saw her lose her place at college and Billie-Jae felt even more hopeless. She tried to apply for jobs but with little success. It was then that she decided to turn to Young Gloucestershire to see if they could support her.

Billie-Jae went onto The Prince’s Trust Team programme, which is a 12-week development course which helps unemployed young people gain confidence and learn new skills. Although initially very anxious at the thought of the programme, Billie-Jae eventually came out of her comfort zone and started to talk to others on the course, and even went on the residential trip.

She took on the role of Fundraising Leader, where she motivated and inspired the rest of the group and together they raised £350 for a great cause.

Billie-Jae said:

During the Team programme, I developed the confidence to apply for college and got accepted to do an Access course in animal management and science. I’m no longer self-harming and I finally feel like I’m doing something positive with myself and can’t wait to see what’s next!

In 2019, Billie-Jae was awarded the South West HSBC Breakthrough award at The Prince’s Trust Awards – a testament to all the hard work she has put in.