Connor’s* Story

Connor was referred to The YES Project by the talk²sort Mediation Service. Despite there no longer being a need for mediation, the mediator was concerned that without support from the YES Project, Connor would not complete the necessary steps to start his IT course at Leicester College and therefore was at risk of being NEET.

Connor struggled with his mental health and was not able to manage this, had low confidence and poor motivation. The YES Project supported Connor with a task and solution focused action plan to attend confidence building workshops online, work on his routine with the support of a schedule and get support in place for his mental health through the GP and Lets Talk Well-Being.

Connor’s YES Intensive Support Worker went through the college enrolment process with him, planned his bus journey to college, supported him to apply for financial support and liaised with the college well-being team to ensure he had ongoing access to support in the form of a mentor.

Connor’s Support Worker prepared him for college by using online webinars, virtual tours and showing him how to navigate around the college website. Connor’s Support Worker continues to check in with him to see how he is doing.

Connor said:

It’s actually been going better than I expected it to.

Connor will have completed a Level 3 course in Information and Communication Technology and hopes to access a career in the IT sector in the future.

*Pseudonym used.