Jodie prepares for a future full of possibilities
Jodie Parker–Hall never thought she would travel on the bus independently or go shopping on her own, let alone have a job.
But the 19–year–old has achieved that and more since attending National Star.
‘When I started at National Star I hardly ever said anything. I would get the person who I was with to talk for me.
‘Now I am self–confident and really want to have a place of my own. I believe in myself now,’ she says.
Jodie received the PJ Crook Capturing Art Award and the Personal Development Award for 2016 at National Star’s Leavers Awards this summer.
‘Jodie truly represents what it means to work hard, listen carefully, learn by their mistakes, celebrate achievements and be a team player,’ said artist PJ Crook, who presented Jodie with one of her awards.
‘Even when she’s tired, stressed and very busy, Jodie has come to college, knuckled down and worked until she’s got the job done and if that’s not the right attitude to get you through work and life then I don’t know what is.’
While at National Star, Jodie had hydrotherapy and physiotherapy which has made a huge difference to her quality of life.
Jodie has a part–time paid job with Solent Stevedores and is also a volunteer with a youth group for children with disabilities in her home town of Cam in Gloucestershire.
‘It’s important for the kids to have a role model. I hope that some see me and think “I want to get a job and be like Jodie”.’
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