Matt was referred to IAF from The Prince’s Trust as they didn’t feel he was ready to complete their team programme as he was very shy and unable to interact with others. Instead, Matt attended the IAF Accelerate programme and over the six-week programme Matt gained confidence and really came out of his shell.

Matt showed an interest in music and media, so IAF supported him to complete a work placement at a local radio station, which he really enjoyed and learned a lot about how radio works. He also completed a work placement at a media firm and a games retailer in Nottingham. Both of which were really valuable for him as he has gained a lot of skills and knowledge, has a better idea of the world of work and inspired him to succeed in this industry.

The next step for Matt was to apply for a place at Confetti Institute of Creative Technology in Nottingham, which IAF supported him with. Matt was accepted on to the Level 3 Game Art course in September and he’s now looking at an extended diploma with plans to attend university after this. This has been very beneficial for him as he has been able to move away from his home situation where he was living with family members who are alcoholics.

Matt was signed up to the Talent Match programme last year, which he has benefited from massively. As part of Talent Match, he has been able to address his mental health diagnosis, and has
received twelve counselling sessions and ongoing psychological support. Matt has also benefited on a more practical level, receiving support to attend the opticians and access free prescription glasses to correct his vision.

Matt has changed incredibly, so much that he is now on the Young Peoples’ board at Groundwork - a group of young people who make decisions on the Talent Match contract.