Asylum Seeker to Merchant Navy Cadet
In the heart of Garnethill, meet Paul, a remarkable individual whose journey from uncertainty to success is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Last year, amidst the hustle and bustle of the Garnethill community, Fair Start Scotland Engagement Key Worker BB had the privilege of meeting Paul for the first time. Paul, at that time, was volunteering at the new food bank, eager to contribute despite facing the agonising wait of over three years for his right to work documents.
In those uncertain times, we made a promise to Paul - that when the day finally came when he received his Work Permit, we would stand by his side, supporting him in his quest to find work. Little did we know that this promise would be the beginning of a remarkable journey.
A few months later, Paul returned to us with incredible news - his asylum had been granted, and he now possessed the precious Work Permit he had longed for. Without hesitation, we signed him up, and he embarked on his journey with us, working alongside his incredible Key Worker Nikki.
Nikki played a pivotal role in preparing and supporting Paul. With her unwavering dedication, Paul secured his first-ever paid job in the UK, a milestone that filled him with pride and gratitude.
But the story doesn't end there. Paul shared even more astonishing news - he had been accepted into the Scottish Merchant Navy as a trainee cadet. This incredible opportunity meant that he would receive paid training, a fast-track to success, and a role as a merchant navy cadet starting in January.
We take immense pride in having played a significant role in Paul's remarkable success story. It serves as a powerful reminder that with compassion, determination, and support, individuals can overcome even the most daunting challenges. Paul’s journey is an inspiration to us all, and it is a story that deserves to be shared far and wide.