Two young men who were previously homeless have recently completed the Prince's Trust course.
Thanks, in part, to the support and encouragement from Hightown staff at Mably House (temporary housing for people who were homeless) in Hatfield, Tommy and Kai are turning their lives around and have ambitious plans for the future.
The Prince's Trust is a 12 week course and includes a team building residential week, participation in a community project and a two week work placement. It is a free personal development course that helps young people develop and improve skills in key areas.
"The course was great as it helped me with interview skills, cv writing and social and personal skills. I've also made some good friends for life! I really enjoyed my time with the Prince's Trust, especially the work experience as a mechanic. I continued to help out at the garage so I could gain more experience. It made me realise that this is something I want to do in the future and I've just started an apprenticeship at a local garage.
When asked how the staff at Hightown's Mably House service have helped him, Tommy added:
"The staff here are great as they help me with practical things like registering at the doctors or filling out long forms for benefits I wasn't aware I was entitled to. They care about us and it shows."
"The course taught me a lot of useful things, basically how to be a good human being! I also made new friends and learnt skills like First Aid training from St John's Ambulance. Doing the course has made me think about what I want to do with my life and I've enrolled on an Audio Recording and Production course at Hertfordshire University as I've got a real passion for making my own music. I know these are ambitious plans but I hope to get into the music industry one day.
Talking about Mably House, Kai added:
"'I'm happy living here and the support from staff has been 10 out of 10, they have been amazing. I'm now looking forward to starting my degree!"