Andrew* joined the Best Friends project after issues with his health meant that he needed a flexible approach to learning and development, with a course that would wait for his health to improve without imposing strict deadlines on course work and attendance.

Andrew has embraced the Best Friends project, joining in with evening sessions every Week and successfully completing his Level 1 NOCN in Work Related Education, as well as moving on to Phase 2 of the project, becoming a fully-fledged Pets and Friends volunteer. He is also an active member of the Young Peoples committee that organise and help plan visits and events for project. 

Andrew shows us all how projects such as Best Friends can offer an alternative for young people who cannot work within a formal educational structure, and who, once given the opportunity, flourish.

Andrew said: “I really enjoy the visits to care homes. Im a bit nervous around dogs, going for a walk first and getting to know the dogs made me feel comfortable and I learnt more about the dogs. This helped me talk to the residents of the care home, and we had a really good chat. I loved it, and when I have my job interview I will have something really interesting to talk about that shows my skills”.

* Name has been changed to protect identity.