Posted: 16 May 2019

Practitioner stories: Becky Joy

Our story this week comes from Becky, a Coaching Practitioner for the Inside Out project.

Inside Out is a pilot project funded by the Department of Education that offers intensive coaching for children in care. It has been running for almost 9 months now so we caught up with Becky to see how it is all going. 

What does the coaching role involve?

It involves supporting young people in the care system to engage with positive opportunities and build fulfilling relationships between them and their families where possible. This can include using outdoor activities to build confidence and self-esteem, or it could be supporting them to apply for apprenticeships.

Our young people have had so many different professionals giving them advice, instructions and guidance that sometimes they lose their own voice. With us, the young person is in the driving seat the whole time, we simply sit beside them as a co-driver. 

Who are the young people you coach?

I support three 16 year olds. One young man is in residential care and needs confidence to move into semi independent living. Another is a victim of criminal exploitation and recently went missing. And the third is a young lady who was previously involved in gangs but now lives in a different county and recieves support looking for employment. 

What is the most memorable moment so far?

It has to be when my young person, who has social anxieties, came to watch Arsenal play at the Emirates stadium. It was amazing when he realised he was able to overcome his anxieties and fears and do things that he had wanted to do but never felt brave enough to do them.

'oh my, I am actually doing it, I’m out and I don’t ever go out' - young person 

We now regularly go out shopping or for lunch and we aim to work on an allotment soon.

What's the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is seeing our young people realising their own value and their capabilities. Our young people have felt so let down and have lost faith in other people and themselves to the point they no longer have a clear vision of where they are going in life or how to get there. 

Quite often, they feel that there is little point in doing anything as they don’t see themselves worthy of success. However, as we progress with our support, our young people grow in confidence and start believing in themselves. It is so amazing to be a part of their journey with them.

What are your hopes for the programme?

I hope it develops nationwide and is run in every county throughout the country. I hope and have faith that our young people will live happy and fulfilling lives, knowing they are worthy and valued. 

Based on what you've learned so far, what would be your advice to young people similar to those you are coaching?

Believe in yourself. Most difficult situations with our young people come from lack of self-worth and no sense of belonging. When our young people start to believe in themselves and realise they are worth caring about, the other things will fall in to place. 

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