"Aston engaged with our Working Futures program having been expelled from school before completing his G.C.S.E.'s and being in and out of employment ever since. During our conversations about what he wanted to do we talked about what had gone wrong for him. He was very reflective, and started speaking about things he was passionate about. Social Justice came out top, and I realised Aston needed a vocational pathway as well as a job.

I researched Community Development Courses for Aston and came across an organisation called Uprising.  Uprising have a nine-month leadership program for 18-24-year old's called UpRising Core Leadership. It involves access behind the scenes sessions with some of the UK's most senior leaders that will help young people like Aston find his niche in the world.  The course is in the evening and will allow participants to work while they are participating and completing.

Aston attended interview for course and was offered an unconditional scholarship costing £2,500 providing he completes and graduates from a four week Find your Power program in August this year.


Aston also needed work and an income and had been involved in various construction jobs too. An opportunity came up with LS Division Scaffolding Company who were looking to take on a paid trainee. I brokered a meeting between LS Division, Aston and a training funder, and the end result was Aston securing six months paid training with the company. We supported Aston to gain his CSCS card to ensure he was appropriately qualified to commence the new role".