The Entertainer

#Focus5 recently had the pleasure of working with a bright star from Somerset. Our young person started on the project in January this year, which happened to be in the middle of the most taxing Covid-19 lockdown. She was referred to the project by her school and didn’t know what to expect from #Focus5. In fact, if we are completely honest, she didn’t even want to be on the project and had low expectations.

Fast forward to spring and our young person is thriving. She has worked hard with her key worker and managed to reduce her anger and anxiety; she’s even swearing a lot less now as well!

Our young person has repeatedly shown resilience, managing setbacks with real maturity. For example, she attended an interview to work at McDonald’s, only to be told they won’t be progressing her application as she is still in school. Our young person took this setback in her stride, she truly wasn’t fazed. The same can be said with her college application. However, this was more a case of our young person being helped to find her right path.

One thing our young person is certain about is her desire to be a children’s entertainer, which has been her ambition since she was nine years old. So, after promising discussions with her key worker, she decided to apply for a childcare course at college. She was offered a place; however, the tutor couldn’t help but feel she would be better suited to Performing Arts. This came as no surprise as our young person is a self-proclaimed entertainer, she loves making people laugh. To apply for the Performing Arts course, she needed to produce a video demonstrating her performance skills. So, she did a dance and accidently took out the lampshade when she did a hair-flick but carried on like a true professional. The college loved the video, and she is now waiting to start her course in September.

Even though our young person had her reservations about #Focus5 at the start, she has come a long way and everyone at #Focus5 is so proud of her success.