“Things went seriously downhill for me when I moved on to secondary school. I felt that I could not blend in and I was always in trouble with the teachers. I started bunking off school, smoking, drinking and committing robberies.
Romsey Mill got involved, helped my case and never gave up on me. I eventually turned my life around and got into college and passed all my courses: Animal Care, IT, Maths and English. I grew up a bit and now I want to give something back and become a volunteer to help other teenagers.
My neighbourhood can be unfriendly and rough. The children there have no guidance and activities to focus on; they are just looking for trouble. I want to help young people in my community, even if it is just to take them off the streets for an hour or so.
I now want to work with Romsey Mill as a volunteer and get hands-on with running football training courses and residential trips. I am hoping to get paid youth work in the future and want to continue working with teenagers and learn about what they are going through.”
Carl has a passion to use his experiences to help others. Life is still not easy for him but he now has a hope and a vision for himself and his community.
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