Romsey Mill has been celebrating the educational success of young people who have struggled to achieve in mainstream school.
At a graduation evening, held at Cambridge University Press, members of the Step-up Programme were recognised for their achievements in: the Arts award, St John First Aid, Sports Leadership, Cooking and Catering, Music Technology, Rookie Lifeguard, Childcare, and Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services.
For Ashley Hood, 16, Step-up has been transformational. Ashley joined the course after being excluded from mainstream schools a number of times, with behaviour he now describes himself as 'appalling'. He has turned things around and through Step-up and volunteering at Romsey Mill Children Centre, he is now on a career path towards becoming a youth worker.
Heidi Mulvey, Head of Community Engagement at Cambridge University Press, said, 'As an educational publisher and a major employer, Cambridge University Press is very proud to offer support to this vital education programme. We are sure that these young people will continue to pursure their positive plans for the future.'
During the past year, nineteen young mothers have achieved twenty-six qualifications in Personal Development, Literacy and Numeracy.
For Chloe, 17, the Level 2 Literacy course was a chance to change direction,'I wanted to do something with my life, be independent and be a role model for my son. The course has given me the confidence to know that I can achieve.'
Neil Perry, CEO of Romsey Mill, said, 'We are so proud of what these young people have achieved. It speaks volumes of their efforts and their hard work, and the efforts of the community around them who have given time, money and expertise, have proved to these young people that they are valued and that there are options.'