Terrence turns his life around to help others

A FORMER drug addict from Clevedon has been granted an education award toward his work to encourage young people to stay in school.

Terrence Bradley has been given funding by The Guiness Partnership to help him complete a university course and buy a new laptop.

Terrence was expelled from school in Swindon where he grew up and became involved in drugs and crime.

However, now the 34-year-old is living in Clevedon and is working as a volunteer with young people who are struggling to stay in education.

After working hard to overcome his addiction, Terrence has returned to education and is determined to become a teacher for pupils with behavioural problems or in a jail so he can inspire them to continue their education.

Terrence said: “I have had a lot of problems and I am just glad if my experiences can be used to help others.

“I’m determined to make the most of my life now and I’m so grateful for the money from The Guiness Partnership, which means I can complete my degree in English literature.

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“If I can make a difference and stop some of these young people going off the rails I will be happy.”

Terrence is already volunteering at Clevedon School where he is helping pupils with their English.

Head of student support Ros Pegg said: “Terrence has done some brilliant work reaching out to mentor and teach older students who have been school refusers.

“Without him they would have had a disappointing end to their compulsory education.”