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National award for Adullam client

National award for Adullam client

Adullam Homes staff in Derbyshire are celebrating after hearing that a young man who was a supported resident and who continues to receive floating support from them has been named Apprentice of the Year by Coach Core.

Abdul Hakim moved into Adullam’s Chatsworth Road Step Up project in Chesterfield in August 2019. He had arrived in the UK from Ethiopia three years earlier at the age of 15 and was taken into the care of Derbyshire County Council.

He spent a spell with a foster family during which time he started to attend college in Sheffield to learn English and study Maths and also joined a local football team in Chesterfield. He moved from the foster family to a children’s home.

From there he came to Step Up, which provides accommodation and support for 16 –24-year-olds in Derbyshire who are looked after children, care leavers and homeless young people under 21.

Abdul engaged with his support worker and had a good relationship with all staff.  While he was there, with the help of the staff he applied for a position as an apprentice leisure centre assistant with North East Derbyshire District Council.

The work involves fitness programmes, swimming classes, boxing classes and attending primary schools to promote fitness. As well as the practical work Abdul had to do college work and would ask for help from his project worker and the staff at Chatsworth Road when he got stuck.

Abul stayed at Chatsworth Road for 15 months, after which it was decided that with the independent skills he had learned, he was ready to live in a studio flat managed by Adullam not far from Step Up.

After six months there Abdul was successful in obtaining a flat through a local social housing association. He was particularly delighted because it is in town and on all the main bus routes, which means he can get to all his work projects.

It was while Adullam staff were helping him move to his new flat as part of the floating the team continues to provide that Abdul mentioned he was up for an award with his work, but didn’t elaborate on it. Abdul asked staff at Chatsworth Road to help him with making a speech in the event of him winning.

Everyone is delighted to learn that he needed that speech – he has been named Coach Core’s Apprentice of the Year, an award for which more than 200 people were put forward.

The 2020 Awards took place online, hosted by UK Coaching. Awards were presented by Judy Murray (tennis coach, former British Fed Cup captain), Max Whitlock (5-time Olympic medallist gymnast), Scott Hann (elite gymnastics coach), and Steph Houghton (England and Manchester City football captain).