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Carolanne’s story

Carolanne - RYP2015 was an exceptional year for Carolanne, who overcame serious difficulties and made positive choices to change her future.

YMCA DLG young person Carolanne made it through to the YMCA England Youth Matters Awards final in October 2015 and attended a glittering Awards ceremony.

Carolanne was nominated for the Young Achiever of The Year Award by her Reaching Your Potential (RYP) Resettlement Worker Emily Field. This award recognises the exceptional achievements of a young person who has overcome significant obstacles to make a real difference to their lives and their community.

Carolanne was referred to RYP project whilst she was serving a custodial sentence and upon release she decided to get as much help as possible to turn her life around.

When Carolanne became pregnant she was accepted into a mother and baby unit. She started a parenting course at college, is volunteering in a charity shop and also studying for her Maths and English qualifications. She returned to HMP Bronzefield and gave an inspirational talk to the female inmates and prison staff, leaving many of them in tears.

Carolanne was shortlisted along with two others for the Young Achiever of The Year category of the YMCA England Youth Matters Awards. She said, “I was really shocked to get through to the final and nothing like this had ever happened in my life before. I don’t know where I would be without RYP.”

Carolanne has proved that it’s possible, with the right support, to make significant changes in life despite enormous challenges and setbacks.  We wish her every success in the future.