Charlotte's Story

Young woman on stage with audience

Charlotte, 19, from Wigan went from sitting at home alone to performing in front of an audience of 100.

Before meeting her Talent Coach, Charlotte had no motivation and had no idea what she wanted to do with life. This led to her having low mood and she stopped going out with her friends.

It was at this point, when she was feeling lonely and lost that she met Rachel Roger, her Talent Coach from Reform Radio.

When Charlotte joined Talent Match, she didn't really know what to expect and didn’t think it would help. However she would soon realise that it would be one of the best things that has ever happened to her.

Image of young woman presenting with audience watching herShe says that “Talent Match helped me kick start my life and got me onto a traineeship with Reform Radio. Reform Radio helped me build my confidence and I made some amazing friends.  I also created some amazing memories that I will not forget.”

As part of her time on Greater Manchester Talent Match, Charlotte passed English, which in turn helped her get onto an amazing IT course at Salford City College.

Although she loved writing, Charlotte has always struggled with public speaking. As part of her journey, Rachel signed Charlotte up to an Arvon residential poetry course.

The five-day courses, tutored by leading authors, are held at three beautiful rural writers’ houses and include a powerful mix of workshops and individual tutorials, with time and space to write, free from the distractions of everyday life. The courses are in a wide range of genres, including fiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting. Grants are available to help with course fees.

Image of person filming stage using a mobile phone.As a result of the course, Charlotte found herself with a whole lot of confidence.

With this new found confidence, Charlotte volunteered to share her Talent Match story at the Big Conversation, a yearly event that brings together employers and young people to discuss youth unemployment.

In preparation for her presentation, Charlotte wrote a new poem, which she performed during the event to a packed room.

You can listen to Charlotte’s poem here:

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