The name of the participant in this case study has been changed for safeguarding reasons.
When Lily walks into the room, you know she’s arrived. A flamboyant character with a strong Birmingham accent, initially you aren’t sure what to expect. Quickly however, you get a sense of Lily’s kind-hearted nature.
Lily joined us on our alternative education provision – RAP, a Year 11 student who was not attending mainstream school after a series of ups and downs, which she discusses openly with us.
For a 16 year old, Lily has faced her fair share of challenges, which in turn has offered her a wide perspective on life and a level of maturity that isn’t always recognised at such an early age.
Lily quickly became well respected and a hugely valued member of the group who continually impressed staff members by her academic abilities and honest nature. With a kind heart, she helped to welcome other learners into the group but also sometimes struggled to keep a lid on her fiery personality. As she attended with us twice a week, staff weren’t always sure which version of Lily to expect for a 9:30am start, which became a running joke between her and staff members.
The RAP provision has seen Lily grow in self-awareness and an asset to her community, understanding appropriateness of behaviours and has reinforced PYF’s belief of “not judging a book by it’s cover.” We are extremely proud of where Lily has progressed and have no doubts that she will continue to develop and grow into a well-respected, ambitious woman.
Below is Lily’s introduction and how she feels PYF has helped change her outlook on life by shifting her focus to her future.
“My name is Lily, I came from West Bromwich and now I live in Coventry. I am in foster care, I didn’t go on in school because I had a bad attitude problem, I was put in touch with PYF in February as I didn’t really have a choice as I just had moved to Coventry. I felt alright about starting PYF as I am very confident around new people, I am not a shy person and will fit in quiet easily.
Since I have been at PYF I have gained natural knowledge of the real world, I have learnt to deal with situations differently that in the past might have caused me to get into trouble I now know how to deal with them a lot better. I have achieved a Level 1 Personal Wellbeing Award and in working toward my Level 2 Maths.
In September I am starting Solihull College, on Level 2 Health & Social Care, in the future I hope to go to University to study Criminal Psychology, if I hadn’t moved to Coventry I wouldn’t be attending PYF and would probably be getting myself into trouble.
I am focused on my future and what I will become in 10 years.”