As a care leaver, Mica Ferrol admits to having been ‘really scared’ of what social workers would think of her when she started out on her level 3 Children and Young People apprenticeship in the Participation service at the Trust.
It was, however, her social worker at the time who persuaded her to apply. She supported Mica right through her journey, pushing her to achieve what she knew she was capable of if she just believed in herself.
That was in January 2017 and Mica is now about to finish the course, run in partnership between the Trust and Doncaster College.
She has had three successful roles during that time. Starting out in the participation team, she was encouraged to apply for a post with the Semi Independent Living Service (SILS), as a support worker with their new Cantley House project. As a care leaver herself, Mica was well placed to help other care leavers on their way to becoming independent adults.
After eight months there, she applied for a role within the brand new House Project, one of five schemes nationally to be funded by the Department for Education, which again helps care leavers to become independent adults.
Now poised to apply to do a degree, Mica says her growing confidence and belief in her abilities is thanks to the support and encouragement she has received from everyone at the Trust – particularly in the teams she has been attached to.
“The support has been brilliant. Everyone has pushed for the best outcomes for me and it has really helped me build up my skills, like those of communicating effectively with young people and with professionals, as well as helping me with my academic skills.
“It has opened up so many exciting opportunities for me that I would otherwise not have had – including getting an invite to the Queen’s Garden Party this summer, through my involvement in the House Project!”