"I was a very different person back then. I would never have thought I would be where I am now."
It was back in September 2015 that Chris started his Enterprise Journey with Groundwork South Yorkshire. He was already presenting his own radio show at Sheffield Live for an hour a week, a position he got through Disability Sheffield and Autism Plus, but was ready for something more. And so, through his Talent Match coach at the Really NEET college, Chris was referred to Groundwork SY's Enterprise Camp.
When Chris first arrived at Camp he was very shy, kept to himself and didn't talk to many people but he was up for a challenge. As time went on, he became a lot more sociable and emerged as a natural leader. But it was during the Challenge Week that he really excelled and found that he could be quite enterprising. Tasked with the challenge of marketing and promoting a 'Homeless Cinema' to entertain local homeless people, Chris used his contacts at Sheffield Live to set up a radio interview between himself and two of his Camp colleagues to market their product.
Since then, Chris's confidence has grown significantly, he feels wiser and knows how to approach and deal with things in a better way. He is now managing and training a team of six volunteers to help research and deliver his radio show as well as starting to pursue new opportunities. For example, he recently pitched a new TV show idea to Sheffield Live which he hopes to produce and present himself.
Through his Enterprise Journey Chris has been able to build on his passion for radio and stand on his own two feet. As such, when you meet Chris now you are struck by his warmth, spirit for trying something new and his passion helping people. In August 2016, Chris was selected as an Enterprise Ambassador and is now helping other young people on their own Enterprise Journey.
You can listen to Chris's radio show on Sheffield Live every Monday from 12-1pm.
For more information on our Enterprise Camp and Talent Match visit our Enterprise page.