Llamau Emphasis project Young Person's Adviser (Torfaen)
Our grant means we can support young people who don't fit into statutory services. Typically, our young people are disengaged from education and have fallen out with their families. Consequently, there’s a very high risk of them becoming homeless – but they often don't quite meet the threshold for social services intervention. Without our support they will become homeless at an age when they are least equipped to deal with it.
I offer outreach and intensive, consistent support to young people. I meet them at their homes and support them to make small steps towards positive changes to improve their quality of life and to empower them to achieve their goals and access specialist support.
I aim to improve their confidence, self-esteem and social skills, which is particularly important given the number of young people I support who suffer from really high levels of anxiety.
The most rewarding part of the job is seeing a young person achieve their first small goals. Realising they’ve spent a couple of hours out of the house for the first time in years, for example. I describe myself as a Jack of all trades and an expert of none because my role is to find the best approach for each young person.