Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is delighted that the first Scottish Get On Track programme for disadvantaged young people will start in May, thanks to funding from the players of the People's Postcode Lottery.
The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust was absolutely thrilled to be awarded £200,000 from players of the People's Postcode Lottery last year. With the money, they pledged to start their very first Get On Track programme in Scotland, which will be starting on 1st May, led by Commonwealth gold medalist Sarah Clark.
Get On Track works with 16- to 25-year-olds who are not in employment, education or training, and is led by world class athletes, who mentor the young people in order to improve their confidence, and give them skills to make life more employable.
Nationally, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has made an impact on more than 170,000 young people across the UK, with the support of their fantastic team of athletes. The Trust recently got back in touch with 24-year-old James, who went on the Get On Track programme in Plymouth last year.
James had been unemployed for over four years, and had lost all hope of ever finding a job. After going on the programme and being mentored by Paralympic swimmer David Hill, things started to change. His newfound confidence spurred him on to start volunteering, and at one point he was doing 50 hours a week of voluntary work. He then secured four different part-time jobs. But it was his mentor who inspired him to keep trying, until he finally secured a full time job at a highways company, with career prospects. James was so excited and called David straightaway when he found out. "I feel like a new person," he said.
James' story is one of many, but with around a million young people in the UK still in need of help, training and employment, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust's work goes on. Fortunately, with the assistance of players of the People's Postcode Lottery the trust is able to keep offering real and lasting change to the young people with whom they work.