I first joined Limerick Youth Service in 2009 where I enrolled in the Catering Course at the Community Training Centre and studied in the restaurant.
‘I took a chance and it was the best choice I ever made’
During my time in the restaurant, I heard about the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) course and thought about doing it. To be honest, I was unsure if I wanted to sit in a classroom again. I didn’t have the best experience in school and wasn’t keen on sitting in a classroom again. However, I took a chance and it was the best choice I ever made.
The teachers and staff at the Community Training Centre were amazing and always treated me like I was part of a small family. They gave me a boost of confidence when I began to doubt myself and the encouragement, strength and support to improve and better myself.
‘I looked forward to waking up every morning to go to class’
While studying the LCA, I met some amazing friends and I looked forward to waking up every morning to go to class. It didn’t feel like I was going to school, it felt like I was meeting with family, while also going to class with them!
During those two years (studying the LCA), I started to believe in myself and became more confident. I studied hard and I was delighted and very proud to complete my LCA and I went on to do amazing things.
Fourteen years later, I still pop in and say hello to staff as Limerick Youth Service has and still feels like home.
The one thing in my life I will never regret is joining Limerick Youth Service-it was and still is always the best decision I have ever made.