Learning for Health

Adam Ballantine

2018 Highly Commended

While in rehab for his drug and alcohol addiction, Adam realised that he could have a better life. Now on his way to university, he is inspiring others like him do the same.

Adam grew up in a travelling family which meant it was a challenge to access regular education. He turned to drugs and alcohol and a life of ‘bad decisions’.

One day, Adam decided to change his fortune and checked himself into rehab. Here, he attended a two-day course in psychology and became convinced that this was his future.

With fresh motivation, Adam worked hard to achieve his maths and English functional skills. He then enrolled on an Access to Social Science course at City College Plymouth which helped him understand his own addictions and gave him the skills to teach others how to deal with their illness.

Alongside his studies, Adam attends treatment centres to share his story and encourage others to turn their lives around. Working with Close Reach and Broach reach charities he is determined to make a difference in his own community.

Adam said: “Before returning to education, I was self-destructive and saw no way out of where my life was heading. My learning has given me hope, direction and purpose.”

Louise, Adam’s nominator said “Education has given Adam a second chance. He has clear aspirations and is so keen to use it to help others find their way just as he has.”