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Lauren's story

Lauren had been studying for a degree in Business Management until she became involved in substance misuse. Dropping out of university felt like the end of the world and she felt really embarrassed. She completed a recovery programme with the help of her mum, but was unsure where to go next - until she joined a programme run by her local Groundwork.

A fresh start

“Getting involved with Groundwork was like being given a second chance. I started to believe in myself again and felt a sense of belonging.”

The 16 week programme was a mix of challenging activities and qualifications and Lauren thrived, her confidence grew and she was even elected team leader.

“It’s given me some amazing experiences. It showed me that I can make something of myself and my life, with or without a degree. I’d urge anyone who wants to get their life back on track to give it a go.”

Lauren’s own experiences have inspired her to stay on as a volunteer to help other young people to make a positive difference to their lives.


Lauren took part in a Prince’s Trust programme managed by Groundwork. It is designed for people aged 16-25 years and combines an exciting mix of challenging educational activities with qualifications to improve the participants’ chances of entering further education and gaining future employment.

Lauren is one of 6,100 people we helped into education, employment or training last year. Young people like Lauren also improved their own prospects and contributed 180,000 person days to their local communities with the support of Groundwork.

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