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Kieran set to realise his army dream after employment support

A former resident of Peterborough Foyer has set his sights on joining the army after being supported to turn his life around.

Kieran Peet arrived at our supported living scheme after a troubled childhood.

It was here he received help and support to gain qualifications, find his own flat, and begin to turn his life around.

Now aged 20, he dreams of joining the army when his little boy has grown up and he puts this down to the work of colleagues at the Foyer.

“I used to be a nightmare when I was younger,” Kieran admitted.

“I got into trouble with the police and used to fight a lot. Being at home wasn’t the right place for me and I was asked to go into a hostel.

“At the Foyer, the first person I grew a connection with was Mairead [Wright, Employment, Skills and Enterprise Manager] and I would go to her for anything.

“She was brilliant. She helped me with my CV. She would go above and beyond because she cares and she would help me beyond her job description. Working with Mairead and the other staff, I did an ICT qualification and a Maths one. Having this support was like having someone fighting my corner. Mairead would always stick up for me and put her neck on the line.

“She made records of everything I would need to know and her encouragement went a long way to putting me on the right path. When I found out my kid was on the way, she really stuck by me and got me focused on achieving what I needed to achieve. I would be on the streets now if it wasn’t for her and her help was crucial.”

Kieran didn’t want to keep making the same mistakes. This motivation made him a pleasure to work with.

Kieran has recently taken on looking after his son full-time. He was on the verge of applying to join the army, but has said he will put that dream on hold while he looks after his boy.

“I’ve got my flat and my car,” he said. “I was doing bits of work, but family comes first. My goal is still the army, but it will have to wait until he is a bit older.

“I’m not a soppy person, but I want to say a massive thank you to Mairead and everyone at Peterborough Foyer.

“Keep on doing the good work – if you can help somebody like me then you can help a lot of people.”

Mairead said she worked with Kieran over a period of about six months.

“Kieran didn’t want to keep making the same mistakes,” she said. “He realised that there were some changes to make to get where he wanted to be and this motivation made him a pleasure to work with.

“We worked together mainly through our New Horizons funding and covered things such as getting on the housing register, budgeting, clearing small debts and CV writing. He’s got his own flat and is so happy to have come through the Foyer with a positive outcome. We’re all really happy for him.”

New Horizons is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

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