Young people talk about how AMOS has helped them

I am glad my mentor helped me to keep a personal diary about my experiences; they helped me to look back on what I had done and to note down my mistakes to get it better the next time.   It was good to learn from my mistakes, honestly!  My mentor really helped me to improve my cookery skills, although I did need a little help at first. Now I am more independent and confident and love to try out new recipes and dishes.


Semi-independence is quite simple, mentors in general do not tell you how to plan, in my case they planned my life with me which helped me to have choice and control. My mentor keeps telling me ‘People have a basic right to live as they choose, I agree.   Another of his comments is ‘You need to understand your responsibilities and the implications of your choices, including risk, we will focus on your wishes and aspirations even if the situation seem difficult".

The scheme has improved my confidence; my mentor is keen to build up my CV of my work and experience and he helped me to get onto a 12 week Prince’s Trust programme.    At the end of the programme I was presented with a certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community skills. I have also gained the Appointed Person’s First Aid and the Food Safety and Catering Certificates.

I am ready now to talk to someone on a one-to-one basis.   Often me and my parents do not have good communications, its breaks down frequently; mentors provide a link between me and my family; we meet once weekly for life skill sessions; the funniest session was a ‘come dine with me’ I cooked dinner for my mom that was mad funny!


Me; I am 17 and 10 months and just moved into full independence. I found  mentors a useful species; they talk a lot and share my shopping trips and sometimes they just sit in the cafe with me which isn’t so daft.  My mentor is someone who I trust.  Sorry’ I won't need my mentor anymore!  My girlfriend is taking over his role, she's going to take me shopping and she's said the extra hands to carry her bags will help her no end!   It will also make use of my spare time, keep me out of trouble and help me stay fit.

 ‘A big thanks to my Mentor’.


Mentors helped me to practice for job interviews; we did semi-structured interviews we used video and role play.   I also had to learn about confidentiality.   Mentors got me to think about difficult questions that might come up in interviews. Mentoring helped me to feel more confident and get used to using a lot of new and difficult words, I had to practice these! I recorded information by keeping a diary; I found this very useful as I could listen back to it and remember how I felt at the time and what I had learnt.


Before if I had something go wrong I did not want to accept responsibility and looked for someone to blame.   With the help of my mentored sessions in the privacy of my home they helping me to address my emotions in relation to my thoughts, feeling and environment and how what I did impacted on others living around me.

Living semi independently was better for me; a better place to make decisions, take small risks and I am now more able to identify with my personal thoughts which helps me to manage my opinions in areas of how I live my life; this forms part of my care transitional planning.   I was often in trouble and held different views from my family and professionals.


Thanks to my mentor’s working together this has genuinely influenced how I deal with anger and recognising my anger. Prior to me receiving this personal support I lacked the capacity to express my emotions.    I am not a bad person by any account.    Amos transitional works, it changed my life!


My mentor introduced me to health and fitness, accompanying me to the community gym until I had enough confidence to attend on my own.   My mentor had previously worked as a fitness trainer and he was able to share a lot of knowledge about food, diet and lifestyle.


I have a few medical health needs and have been diagnosed with ADHD.   I moved to Amos house a few weeks before my seventh birthdays. This placement appealed to me because it was a residential home geared for older young people with a non residential semi-independence transitional service as a follow on. I must admit I was concerned that I might struggle to cope on my own or find work on my own because I had no experience of living on my own.

My social worker in line with my care planning and pathway plan secured a place at Amos house. Amos offered a non residential semi independence placement and I went onto a work ready programme; I have family support, my mom and older sister visit from time to time and check I am taking my medication.

I am now 17 and still live semi independently. I have regular contact with my mentor who is working closely with me and other related agencies to monitor my care package. I don't feel isolated or abandoned after moving on from the children’s home I can call my mentor whenever, for information and concerns.


When I moved into semi –independence, it was the first time I had my own space; somewhere to call my own and somewhere to put my thoughts. I’m choosing what goes where; my own choice, my own life; my own key!


My life is better because...................

I was 15 and five months when I came to stay at Amos house. Initially I only came to stay short term and had lived most my life in the next borough some 18 miles away, luckily I was able to remain in the same school I attended before the move.    This was good and I did not lose contact with my friends or family.   Due to my age and as part of my care planning and pathway plans I had been given the option of aftercare but I was unsure; I chose to delay leaving care I was not ready for that much freedom.


I couldn't  live on my own because I just didn’t want to!  I couldn't cope with being stuck in a house by myself so I re-offended and was detained in a secure unit.   I dreaded my release.  There was some talk that I be put in bed and breakfast, I couldn’t cope with that!    I was referred to Amos, supposedly to turn my life around through a work ready semi- independence programme.    I started an apprenticeship with a building company,; they want to keep me on after my training has finished.    I have new mates now who I work with and we hang out together; now that I’m not on my own I don't feel the need to offend.


I was sixteen and six months when I opted to move into Amos’s 360 scheme.   360 is a semi independent/supported living scheme where I can stay  until I am 18 years old.   It is supported by a 24hours concierge; we all call them the house mentors.   Our house mentors job it is to  keep the building safe and secure, this means we have regular contact with an adult at any time during the night or day who can assist and support us with issues or personal advice and guidance. 

I am a confident type of person so took the challenge; Amos 360 Rocks!!!   First I moved in then enrolled at college; good news is I have two new mates and I have calmed down a lot since living with the other two young people who come from similar backgrounds.


My mentor is quite a cheerful person, we meet twice weekly for two hour sessions.    I especially enjoy these visits because I have someone to talk to who is looking out for my best interest.    I have always wanted to go to college, my mentor helps me to build my knowledge and skills.    Since my stay at Amos which is an aftercare and moving on scheme I have been able to access financial support through the college near to me; my mentor accessed information for me for a bursary through the college bursary scheme; she supported me with form filling and visits to the college which initially I could not cope with, wading through all the information would have been mind blowing!

Thanks to my Mentor I have more confidence now and I have been supported through the whole process shadowing me back into education; without this additional support I am not sure I would have stuck or ever gone back into education.


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