Two former Caramel Rock students are showing just what the charity can do for young people that may have otherwise been left behind.
Joyline Castro, now 21, came to Caramel Rock through an NHS referral after she suffered with mental health issues from a young age.
She is now studying Level 3 in manufacturing and fashion and last year was awarded with a certificate from the Jack Petchy Awards for Excellence in drawing after she completed her Level 2 NVQ with the charity.
Joyline’s mother, Josephine De-Lenge, said: “It has been really good for her development as she is a really talented artist and has progressed from drawing and designing and has recently bought a sewing machine and started making clothes.”
Student Joeddy Poliquit, 21, landed a job with a London fashion house Osman Studios after the charity got her paid work experience there as part of the fashion apprentice course she did with them.
The experience helped her get onto a fashion management degree course at Nottingham Trent University.
Joeddy, said: “I wouldn’t be where I am now without the support the charity has given me, which led to me getting such a strong connection in the fashion industry.”