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Meet Layla

Layla arrived at YMCA Derbyshire due to trouble at home and issues with her mental health. She had been attending sixth form, but her attendance was dropping, and eventually, Layla ended up leaving. Find out how we have given her the confidence to pursue a career in Law.

Layla went through a lot of changes whilst being at our YMCA but it was getting involved in health and wellbeing activities such as football that started her positive pathway.

“After leaving sixth form I got a job with an events company, it was fun and I got to work at festivals and Wembley. I then got on to YMCA Derbyshire’s Independent Living course and learnt about how to pay bills and budget my money. I then got accepted on to the YMCA and Toyota Working Assets programme. This gave me valuable work experience opportunities, and we went on a trip to London”.

Layla really excelled during her time on the Toyota Working Assets programme. She completed a 23-week work experience programme including 120 hours work experience. Layla also went back in to education and gained four A-Levels last summer. She’s now living in her own home and has big plans for the future and hopes to go to University to study Law.

“In the future I want to be a Lawyer”.

We are so proud of what Layla has achieved. Most recently, she was awarded our Chair’s award at our annual celebration event to recognise the positive journey she has been on. We are so glad to have been able to play a part in Layla’s journey and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.

“… I then got accepted on to the YMCA and Toyota Working Assets programme. This gave me valuable work experience opportunities, and we went on a trip to London.”

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