Belfast Telegraph

Personal stories: Gaining a new outlook on your life

By Staff Reporter

Start360, in partnership with Cool FM, boosts the employment skills of some of Northern Ireland's most isolated young people.

It is funded by a £500,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Conor McHugh said: "I was in a tough place in my life and had made some bad decisions.

"But I'm so lucky that I came into contact with Start360, who have helped me turn my life around.

"I was unemployed at the time and they got me onto their Gerry Rogan Initiative Trust employability programme.

"It's targeted at young people who are at risk and those not in employment, education or training.

"I am currently studying an Open University course in children and youth work. I also volunteer with Start360 and support and motivate other young people facing difficulties in their lives.

"I would love to work there in future full-time.

"I have a debt of gratitude towards the staff at Start360.

"They helped me with every aspect of my life and helped me fulfil my ambitions and overcome obstacles.

"They have given me a new outlook on life – you could say they saved my life.

"Working with young people is great – I love it.

"I would encourage any young person who is interested in Cool Choices to go for it."

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