Phidel was referred to Manchester Young Lives in need of intensive support after his college place had broken down. Phidel worked on his Functional skills in Maths Level 1 and English Entry Level 3, and a Certificate in Personal Effectiveness (COPE).

Within 4 months of attending sessions and some additional 1-2-1 sessions, Phidel successfully achieved his Functional skills in English and Maths and his COPE. Phidel wanted to work in hospitality, he began on a one day volunteering placement at a local food bank with the ‘Bread and Butter’ Company. Phidel was shy at first but as time went on, he worked well as part of the team and his confidence and self –esteem improved. After 2 months with this company, having developed his soft skills and work skills, Phidel went for his first interview with MacDonald’s. Phidel was supported by staff and was able to confidentiality answer all the questions. Phidel was successful at his interview and begun a 3 day placement as a delivery assistant working at one of the busiest MacDonald’s in Manchester! Phidel did the 8 week placement at MacDonald’s, he worked hard and learnt some valuable skills, and was described as a team player and a hard worker. Phidel has recently been successful in a 2 week placement at Asda in Hulme and has now been offered a part time contract in a role made especially for him. Well done Phidel!!

Phidel’s family say:
“Before Phidel came to MYL, he tried a College course but gave up as no one was able to spend the time with him that he needed…he spent all of his time in his bedroom, day in, day out. Since joining MYL, he has become a completely different person. He has passed his English and maths, has had three good placements and his confidence is now sky high. The support and love that MYL have shown to him is fantastic. We as a family can’t thank them enough!”