As a teenager, Jordan Barnowski had no direction in life and used to get into trouble.
But now he is one of the proudest new recruits in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, after being helped by the support team at The Joiners temporary accommodation hostel and The Sidings young persons’ supported accommodation in Clitheroe, run by the Places for People organisation.
Before he left for Catterick Barracks in North Yorkshire, Jordan (20) wrote a thank you article for the Places for eople newsletter. He said: “I have attended support sessions and devised a personal support plan with staff to help me work towards the things that I wanted to achieve in my life.
“I have always been interested in going in the Army and while at The Sidings I felt confident enough to make an application and attend the selection process in Scotland.
“I’m really looking forward to Army life, and feel it will be a great move for me, giving me further skills that I’ll need in order to succeed in my life.
“Of course, I’m also nervous, but feel proud of what I’ve achieved so far.”
Project worker Christine Cooper said: “Jordan had been in trouble before, but he’s turned it round and we’re proud of him.”