On leaving rehabilitation after many unsettled years of depression, homelessness and alcoholism, Aaron visited the library with a desire to learn, and enrolled with Learndirect. He gained levels 1 and 2 in Maths, level 2 in English and CLAIT. “I found learning exciting and wanted to take it to the next level,” remembered Aaron. Wanting to become a youth worker, Aaron began work experience at Positive Futures Young Offenders’ Service and then enrolled on an NVQ2 in Youth Work at Newcastle College.
Aaron still volunteers at Positive Futures and in addition to the NVQ, he is studying English and a community sports award, and taking part in a drugs foundation course and other courses to support a career in youth work. Having experienced a traumatic childhood and lived through years of drug and alcohol addiction which resulted in a spell in prison, Aaron’s future looks promising. He said, “Learning has turned my life around, I am the happiest I’ve ever been... To know that I’m making a difference to them [young people at Positive Futures] gives me the enthusiasm and drive I wake with every day.”