Virtues and volunteering - James' story
James came to Worth Unlimited Lincolnshire in February. He was referred from a local school onto our Virtues course because he was considered to be at risk of exclusion. James was a cheerful individual, always up for a laugh, even at inappropriate times. He had a very short attention span and was easily distracted. Despite being happy most of the time, he could become very angry very quickly with his peers. He also wanted to stop winding up his English teacher.
|James took part in a 6-week group work programme, exploring what makes a good life, followed by follow up one-to-one mentoring sessions in school to help him implement what he’d learned.|
|At the end of the mentoring, James said that he felt he could now talk to school staff when someone annoyed him, rather than get angry, and that he had learned skills to manage his anger if no staff were around. He was receiving fewer comments from teachers in his school planner and hadn't been in put in isolation. He said school was better since doing the Virtues Course and having mentoring.|
James wanted to do the course again(!), but instead signed up as a Young Volunteer and came to The Oasis site twice a week throughout the summer holidays. He is keen to continue as a Young Volunteer and is already talking about the next school holidays.