Laura’s life suddenly changed when problems at home meant she had to move to a refuge with her Mum and siblings.

In the same year she lost two of her grandparents.  The shock of these events caused her to lose confidence. She tried to start college but couldn’t cope and left; abandoning her dream to train as a midwife.

Fortunately Laura was offered a place on a Brathay project which supports young people into employment or training. The combination of meeting other young people in similar situations, getting involved in activities to boost her confidence and taking the big step of leaving her family to go on a residential trip had a huge impact on Laura. As part of the project she also went on a work placement at a local hotel where she made a great impression. Laura was given an apprenticeship by the hotel and is still working there having won awards and gained qualifications along the way. She has a bright future ahead.

 ‘Brathay has helped me because I got to meet other people in similar situations and I knew I wasn’t on my own anymore and that I wasn’t the only one struggling.’

Watch Laura in this short film as she shares her story with TV presenter Radzi: