Congratulations to Shaleen Boyle who won our Trainee of the Month Award for August 2016
Please see Sharleen's nomination below:
Shaleen Boyle, who is one of the Launchpad Trainees
at the Coatbridge Centre, started 4 weeks ago. Shaleen stopped attending Fir Park school in S3, which is a secondary school for pupils with special needs. Shaleen suffered from anxiety and low confidence as well as struggling with basic literacy
skills. Shaleen has also had speech therapy in the past and struggled filtering information. I believe she had also been the victim of bullies.
On her initial visit we were asked if she could be accompanied by her parent
/ social worker (who are both very supportive), but Maria interviewed Shaleen on her own and put her at ease.
I am pleased to say that Shaleen has flourished on the course. She has not missed a day so far and is the most
enthusiastic trainee I have ever had. She has had a go at every activity and encourages others who feel they cannot participate. She has completed her Personal Achievement Award and although she struggles to write, will watch as I scribe
and ask me to go over it again. She is also an amazing sportsperson who has overcome so much and we have spoken about her progression already as she wants to get some work experience and knows this will be possible with our support.
Shaleen also helps out with her Mum who took a stroke some years ago and is wheelchair bound.
Shaleen’s confidence has improved so much and with each activity comes new challenges which she finds new ways to overcome. She also has a great
sense of humour and everyone in the Centre who comes into contact with her tells me what a nice person she is.