Case Study : Charlie
‘Before I started Ocean Youth, I wouldn’t really talk to many people, it has helped me cope better with my social anxiety and made me more confident'
Charlie came to us through a session with the Medical Tuition Service. He was lacking in confidence and just immediately loved broadcasting and has become one of our most talented producers and most effective workshop leaders.
Charlie has made a huge impact on Ocean Youth Radio’s output during COVID, supporting young listeners and other participants too. Charlie has produced his own show every week from home since the studio had to shut down, including lots of interactive elements and engaging content. He has led the way in his promotion of his shows on social media too.
Charlie has also contributed very powerful and personal stories to support other young people as part of our transition to secondary school series, “Step Up” and our series on youth loneliness. He is now a paid member of staff supporting workshops and producing social media content.
Charlie is also supporting workshops with young people with learning disabilities both in group sessions and one-to– one sessions. He is inspirational in his creativity, generosity and willingness to learn and help out to support the station and it’s young people.
"Before I started Ocean Youth, I wouldn’t really talk to many people, it has helped me cope better with my social anxiety, made me more confident and helped me
massively during lockdown, by giving me something to focus on and block out my anxieties. I’m now a paid member of staff, teaching others and learning more. It has helped me become more independent and has opened up opportunities for the future."
"Since starting at Ocean Youth 2 years ago, we have seen Charlie become much more confident, socially and in himself. We are proud of what Charlie has achieved and it wouldn’t have been done without Ocean Youth."