Wednesday 11th December, 2013

12 days: “I have learnt to trust more people. I have someone to talk to besides my Mum and I have a new friend in Mary.” Chantelle, 15

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Chantelle has been supported by Romsey Mill for the past 5 years through our Transitions Programme. Before she started secondary school, Chantelle was part of a transfer group to increase her confidence about the new start and to support her successful transition. Once she had moved to secondary school, the transition proved tricky for Chantelle and she had several exclusions due to disruptive behaviour. By the end of Year 8, her school decided it was best for Chantelle to spend a year at a Pupil Referral Unit to give her a chance to learn in a smaller setting with more adult support. During this year Chantelle excelled and as a result, her secondary school were happy for her to come back. Although she says she doesn’t like school, her attendance and behaviour are better and she is on track to get 7 GCSEs.

Throughout this journey, Chantelle has been supported by youth workers at Romsey Mill. She has been part of a girls group and had 1-to-1 support which focused on providing Chantelle with a positive space to encourage her many skills and abilities. One of the focuses has been on cooking and much of her time at Romsey Mill has been spent in the kitchen creating various treats which she shares with her family. Chantelle completed a ‘Pizza Project’ by providing pizzas at the Mill Road Winter Fair in 2011. One of Chantelle’s favourite memories of Romsey Mill was almost setting the fire alarm off when the building was full of people - including the Mayor of Cambridge!

Chantelle says, “I have really enjoyed cooking” and “I have learnt to trust more people. I have someone to talk to besides my Mum and I have a new friend in Mary”. She thinks that Romsey Mill’s youth worker, Mary, is “good at her job and trustworthy”.