Jordan is 17 years old and has Asperger’s. Although he is attending school, he has a very reduced timetable and is currently only taking three subjects.
Jordan met Sue from Step Together, at Lockerbie Academy in August last year. The school were concerned about his empty timetable and lack of achievement in education. Sue knows the impact that volunteering can have for a young person and immediately suggested this as an option for Jordan.
Initially it was thought that Jordan would struggle to volunteer independently, so Sue planned to support him for the first five weeks to see how he got on. After visiting a few different charities and looking at different opportunities, Jordan decided to volunteer at a local community café.
He began volunteering at the café in September, once a week for two and a half hours. Within no time at all, Jordan was following recipes on his own and engaging with customers.
Jordan is now beginning to volunteer at the café for two full days a week and will soon be starting his SVQ Level 1 in hospitality. He will continue at school this year but plans to go to college in September to study a Level 2 hospitality course. This is a huge achievement for Jordan and the next step, with Sue’s support, is to help him travel to his placement independently on the bus.
“The atmosphere's great and the people are kind, I like working in the kitchen, I like being accepted and involved. Volunteering has helped me to improve my skills around others and to build my confidence up about speaking to others and customers.”
His mum, Pam, said: “Thanks to Step Together, I can now see a positive future for Jordan. His confidence and skills are developing all the time. In the school holidays, he even said to his brother, ‘I’m going to college you know’ – I never thought I would ever hear him say those words.”
Find out more about our programme supporting disengaged young people into volunteering.