Mary, a young woman from Somalia, came to Glasgow to seek asylum from a refugee camp in Kenya. 16 years old, alone, housed in a homeless unit and with only two words of English (‘Table’ and ‘Chair’) and no formal education she was isolated, confused and understandably terrified. Gary, our Literacy & Numeracy Development Officer worked closely with Mary to gain her trust and allow her to realise and tackle personal barriers. Quickly she learned to learn and progressed to college to study ESOL. Rapidly graduating through class levels, her confidence increasing dramatically, she successfully completed ESOL to the standard she had set as a personal goal and has now progressed further in college to study Healthcare.
Mary enjoyed, valued and respected the support she received from YCSA. She attended two of our residential programmes, giving her opportunities in realising and reflecting on personal goals, values and leadership qualities, gaining confidence in her talents and abilities. A talented artist and creative writer into the bargain we are humbled by being able to assist Mary in her achievements.