Two young people in Rugby faced with major adversity have been honoured with Mayday Trust achievement awards.
Joe Shallcross and Fiona McCance have worked hard to overcome the odds and become role models to others.
Fiona won a Mayday Inspirational Journey award as well as a Mayday Talent Bond to provide musical workshops for people with learning disabilities.
She has overcome problems with confidence to discover a passion for journalism.
A Mayday Trust reporter, she has been writing about the inspirational stories of vulnerable people.
Fiona said: “When I arrived at Mayday Trust I was shy and I isolated myself a lot.
“Now I am a changed person, confident and strong once again. Mayday Trust has worked with me to achieve my goals and set new goals for the future.
“The support I have had from the staff at Mayday Trust has been outstanding, they have helped me to realise that my dreams and aspirations are not only dreams, they can be reality.”
Joe, a Mayday Trust Inspirational Journey Gold Winner, mixed with the wrong crowd which resulted in him spending time in Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre.
Since his release he has worked with various organisations and has started to see a change in his life. Joe successfully completed the Prince’s Trust Course in August 2013. He has started a full time carpentry and joinery course which he enjoys and would like to progress to an apprenticeship. Joe said: “I am also involved in using the music studio at Hill Street Community Centre and would like to mix my own CD.”
Joe has also performed on the Rugby FM’s stage in Caldecott Park.”
To keep himself occupied and focussed over the weekends, Joe plays football for the Red Lion in Hillmorton in the Sunday League.
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