Loliya's story

I wanted to make something of my life...

I went into foster care at 15 because of family issues. I got involved with a gang – I tried to get away but other gangs all knew me as one of their rivals and still wanted to fight. Eventually I asked social services if I could move away. I wanted to make something of my life and I didn’t want to get a criminal record.

I wanted to make something of my life and I didn’t want to get a criminal record.

Around that time I was approached by Woking Football Club and was accepted into their youth team. This meant travelling to Woking for over an hour each way, up to six times a week. I kept asking to move to Woking so I could keep playing football. I eventually found a B&B and social services agreed to pay for it.

After six months I was referred to Pound House in Woking – a housing project for young people run by Transform. The staff helped me enrol at Woking College and I also continued playing football. When I was ready to live more independently, I moved to one of Transform’s shared houses.

I passed my exams and now I’m training to become a fitness instructor, doing an apprenticeship in a gym. I go to the local gym every day, thanks to a grant from Transform. I’ve entered body building competitions and recently came sixth out of 250 people.

I passed my exams and now I’m training to become a fitness instructor, doing an apprenticeship in a gym.

I would like to say a big thank you to Transform, as without their help I would not have been able to turn my life around. They have helped me in every way possible. I really feel Transform has been like a parent to me.



Loliya has now moved on from Transform, and after passing his assessments in electrics, is working full time.

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