Age 20, West Midlands
I’m committed to building social enterprises and to helping those young people often overlooked in mainstream society. That’s why I started Garden Gnomes, a social enterprise which is dedicated to keeping gardens beautiful so that people can enjoy what little sun we have in Britain! Our staff are young people who have been given Anti-Social Behavioural Orders and other young people who are excluded from society.
From society’s so-called ‘bottom’, Garden Gnomes has taken me to the top of society – proof, if any were needed, that young offenders give and donate positively to our community, challenging the negative stereotype. I’ve met HRH The Prince of Wales and reached the final of the National Entrepreneur competition, when I pitched to HRH The Duke of York and Dragons’ Den’s Peter Jones! I’m now aiming for an UnLtd higher level award. I’ve also learnt key skills in public speaking and gained so much confidence in myself and my own ideas that I feel I can succeed in all areas. It’s a great feeling, and a fantastic way to live your life.