Stephanie's Story

Stephanie, aged just 17, joined the unique programme, 'Getting back on track' in November 2017. The programme is the result of an exciting partnership with Vi-Ability, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust (DKHT) and a number of further education colleges* in London.

Like most of the individuals we engaged, Stephanie had dropped out of her college course and was unsure of what she wanted to do with her life. She was also lacking in confidence and had never really had to work within a team environment before. These are two things that she said she wanted to improve on.

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Really quickly into the first week, Stephanie started to show leadership skills and straight away took a leadership role within the group she was working with. Because of this, her confidence started to grow instantly.

As we moved further into the programme Stephanie was keen to pursue a career in sports coaching or personal training. She is a football lover and enjoys exercise. We were able to arrange for her to join the Charlton Athletic coaching course as part of her work experience on the programme.

Throughout the course, Stephanie continued to show that her confidence was growing. As part of the course and the final ‘challenge’, the young people had to design and deliver a social action project within the community.  Stephanie came up with some great ideas and again found herself leading the group.

Steph told the delivery team “What I feel I have gained from the programme is being able to get back into a routine. Before enrolling in the programme I didn't have a routine or a reason to get out of bed in the morning. The programme has helped me get back on track and gain work experience at Charlton Athletic which is helping me on my way to becoming a football coach”

Stephanie seems really motivated to continue with her football coaching and will be continuing the 12-week course with Charlton Athletic. Once she has finished this we have also looked at an option for her to do her Personal Training level 2 & 3 courses.

How does the programme work?

The ‘Getting Back on Track’ scheme consists of a number of ten-week long courses. The courses have been designed to first help young people build up key attitudes which are crucial to workplace success (for example motivation and confidence), before being introduced to employers who will give the young people an insight into the world of work, and an understanding of opportunities available to them.

How can you help?

We would love to hear from any local and regional employers in or near Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark to get involved with ‘Getting Back on Track’.

We are looking for employers who can offer work experience placements, or identify entry-level roles which might be on offer to the young people when they have finished their work placement.

Any employers who are involved in the ‘Getting Back on Track’ programme would be given support to set up their work placement.

What’s in it for employers?

Being an employer on the ‘Getting Back on Track’ programme is highly rewarding – not only do employers who take part in the scheme actively support the local community but importantly, they are also investing in the development of young people today and helping to support their future employment.

All employers involved with ‘Getting Back on Track’ will be invited to the end-of-programme events which will celebrate the success of the young people and the employers’ partnership with Vi-Ability and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

Find out more

To find out more information about what it entails to be an employer on the ‘Getting Back on Track’ programme, please contact Karl Sear on

Are you a young person who wants to enrol on a ‘Getting Back on Track’ course?

If you’re a young person who has recently come out of college education and you think you would benefit from ‘Getting Back on Track’, please email, or call 01492 583555.

*Further education colleges include: London South East Colleges, Lewisham Southwark College and Shooters Hill

**Work experience placements need to be within travelling distance of Greenwich, Bexley, Bromley, Southwark and Lewisham