Claire started working with young people as a youth worker and found she loved it
Claire, from Calderdale, entered care at the age of 7, spending most of her childhood in care in a long term foster placement. She was a reasonable student and achieved eight GCSE passes, including four C grades.
What Prospects did
Calderdale Council and Prospects Leaving Care Pathways Team supported Claire until she was 21 helping her set up her first home, and being there when the pipes burst and the property became uninhabitable, finding supported accommodation with a family.
While she was staying with the family Claire found she was pregnant. Both the family and the Pathways Team gave her support during this time.
From a young age Claire wanted to help others, she wanted to be a social worker, police officer or even a super hero. But as she got older she found deciding what she wanted to do was much harder. She worked in cafes and bars gaining valuable people skills.
Recently Claire started working with young people as a youth worker and found she loved it. Claire now feels that working with young people is her calling.
Outcomes and results
Claire hasn't needed the support of the Pathways Team for a few years now but is now sharing her skills and experiences with other young people by working for Pathways as an apprentice.
Claire believes "Without the support from pathways and my carers my life would have been more difficult. Pathways provided courses to help with managing money and tenancies and my carers helped with cooking and other life skills. My experience with Pathways was a positive one. I feel like I was supported when I needed it."
Claire is now looking forward to "watching my son grow into a beautiful kind person. I'm also looking forward to seeing the work I do now progress positively and helping care leavers in the future."