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Shaping futures, changing lives - Amaya's story

Amaya is 19 years old and lives with her parents in a Progress property in Leyland.

Amaya is 19 years old and lives with her parents in a Progress property in Leyland.

She is currently a student, in her second year, at Manchester Metropolitan University, studying Criminology.

Amaya’s mum, Carrie, referred Amaya to Progress Futures in the hopes that she could secure employment, local to where she lives, to fit around her university studies. Amaya said she was also open to doing some volunteering in the local community, as she felt this would help improve her confidence and would be something to put on her CV.

Amaya met her Progress Futures Mentor, Cathy, on 25th October 2023 and together they created an action plan and completed the initial assessment.

Amaya met with Cathy as and when she was free from Uni and they sourced a number of local volunteering opportunities, that were of interest to Amaya, on the Lancashire Volunteering Partnership website. Cathy supported Amaya to apply for several roles that were based in Leyland.

In March 2024, Amaya asked Cathy if she would support her to apply for an invigilator role at her old high school, Worden Academy in Leyland. Together they worked on the application and submitted it.

The day after submitting the application, Amaya sent a text message to Cathy saying she had been invited for an interview. Cathy booked in some time for them to do some interview preparation ahead of the interview date. Cathy also prepared some mock interview questions for Amaya to practice at home with her Mum.

The day after her interview Amaya contacted Cathy to say she had been offered and had accepted the job! Amaya is delighted to have secured her first job and she starts work as an invigilator on 9th May 2024! She is also continuing to work with Lancashire Volunteer Partnership in relation to the volunteering opportunities that she applied for.     

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