Tegan has been homeless for three years, ‘sofa surfing’ at friends’ houses and for several months sleeping rough on a park bench. For the past 18 months she has lived at The Quays homelessness hostel.
Having done badly at school, she had no self-confidence and no idea how to get her life back on track and get a job. But through a partnership between the hostel and Canterbury College, she was able to take a series of courses and qualifications.
Through participating in a project part-funded by the European Social Fund, Tegan completed courses and qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy (both OCR levels 1 and 2), Basic IT, CV Writing, Word Processing (EDCL level 2), Spreadsheets and Employability Skills. She is now considering taking an apprenticeship in Business Administration. More confident and focused, she is actively seeking work and she encourages other residents to attend courses.
“These courses have changed my life,” she says. “I didn’t have the right attitude towards myself and life before I took them.”