JH improves his social confidence and re-engages with education


JH, 18, lives with his mum in Bolton, who acts as his full-time carer; due to JH’s eating disorder which he requires support to manage. He withdrew from College in early 2018 due to his mental health that, at the time, was causing regular panic attacks and anxiety.

JH wanted to move into work or education, but had significant anxiety around the mandatory, formal meetings used on ‘welfare-to-work’  style programmes. He had worked with Andy Simm, a Talent Coach from Bolton Lads and Girls Club – the GM’s Hidden Talent delivery partner for Bolton – before the GM’s Hidden Talent programme started. Andy recognised JH would benefit from the programme’s support model and suggested that he register. 

Deciding to join, JH identified that his main focus was to improve his social confidence – developing skills to help him manage his social anxiety levels.

JH has now started on a Prince’s Trust 12-week personal development programme. His self-esteem has improved and he has been able to attend a five-day residential as part of this course.

Accessing a provision like this, which includes a significant amount of engagement with total strangers, represents a significant milestone in his personal confidence”, said Andy.  

To complement this, JH and Andy met with a Community Asset Navigator with Bolton CVS. They have put in place a plan that, when JH has completed the Prince’s Trust Programme, will see him look at volunteering opportunities within his personal areas of interest.


My support has helped me get into a regular routine and do things I would not normally do like join the Princes Trust and take part in a residential. With Andy, I have a person who I can trust and talk to about things


JH has also chosen to re-engage with education. He has enrolled at Salford Media Skills College for a music course that starts in September 2019. Music is his main hobby and passion.

Andy noted that JH has improved his daily routine, in terms of sleeping and eating patterns. The pair have regular informal 1:1s in which JH can discuss his hobbies and talk about issues not directly related to the programme.

“We chat about, football, music, the Manchester Music Scene, gigs and films and TV shows we have a common interest,” said Andy.


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