William Hayes is 24 and from an area in Belfast that is described as one of the most deprived with increasingly high levels of poverty. William left school with no qualifications and became disengaged with any youth provisions in the area due to a lack of confidence and low self-esteem. William has never had a job and is a perfect example of a young person who can slip through the net.
William started his journey with Active Communities Network in May 2018. He initially engaged becausee of his love for sport and used it as a social outlet. Since joining the #BActive programme William has benefitted hugely in terms of increased confidence levels and self-esteem and increased motivation to start making more positive decisions within his life.
Through playing sports weekly, attending personal and social development sessions and having a mentor available to him, William has excelled and even gained a placement with Feile over the summer. In addition he has completed a Level 1 OCN in employment and has now just completed his first course within education and passed.
William attended a weeks long training course to gain a Level 2 SIA. William has continued to show his support and is volunteering regularly and is keen to gain as many informal education opportunities as possible.
The progress William has made in a short space of time is a credit to himself and a great example of what young people are capable off when they are empowered with the confidence and belief that they can achieve the goals they set themselves.