Matty began working with us as a Talent Match young person two years ago. He struggled to make friends and had low confidence and self-esteem which also made it difficult to find work.

He joined our Ambassadors and took part in steering the programme, planning and preparing conferences, alongside many other activities. Throughout all of his work with us, we have used every opportunity to support him to overcome his barriers, make friends and adopt a professional attitude towards finding work.

With the help of our partners at Fareshare, Matty has gained a placement helping to distribute food to those who need it most and learn all about food handling and warehouse responsibilities; in addition to, this he will gain workplace accreditations and a fork lift truck licence. Matty has always wanted a job that he found rewarding. On getting the news of his opportunity at Fareshare, Matty told us, “It feels like my big break. I am so excited to start working and helping other people.”

Well done, Matty, from everyone at TYA!