From a baby Scott was raised by his grandparents but he saw his mother every day, as she lived close by. When he was just 13 years old his mother died.

This had a profound effect on Scott who fell in with the wrong crowd and started to get into a bit of trouble. Then, when Scott was 18, his grandmother died.

"After my Nan died I went off the rails a bit. I was still going about with the wrong people, I was easily led and found it hard to say ‘no’ to things a lot of the time. I was always getting into trouble, so my Grandad threw me out of the house."


Scott became homeless and spent that time moving in and out of different hostels.

One of the hostels put Scott in touch with our Glasgow Transitions Care Leavers' Employability Programme, which supports care leavers and other looked after young people in learning how to live independently and getting a job, or continuing with their education.

Scott’s support worker helped him face his difficulties head on.

"I used to tell myself I was doing alright. I’d kept my problems to myself for ages. But my support worker sussed me out - she told me I wasn’t okay. I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I didn’t want to admit that. I spoke about it with my support worker and that really helped me to move on. Without her help I don’t know where I would be today."


Scott was supported by Action for Children for eight months and after he’d got himself back on his feet he got a job as a Business Support Officer with the Employability Services in Glasgow.

Scott has expressed a sincere gratitude to Action for Children for giving him a second chance. His passion and commitment is evident in his work, and being able to relate to the young people he has been helping has meant he is finding his role very rewarding. 

"My life has totally changed. It’s a normal life – getting up, going to work, coming home and having money to show for it, instead of having no money and no food. I feel a lot happier in myself. I’ve totally changed my life around and I didn’t think I could have come this far in 11 months. I’ll be moving into my own tenancy home in the next month or two. It has been a frightening rollercoaster, but I have done it."


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