Name of Delivery Partner: Blackpool & Fylde College
Name: Chloe Keogh
Chloe’S JOURNEY SO FAR
Chloe came for an Open Event and signed up for the Moving On ESF project. She came on her own and seemed very nervous. She waited patiently for her turn and was open and honest about herself, her gender transformation and the bullying related to this transformation that she endured at high school. Chloe had negative experience of education having being bullied because of her gender transition. She was very apprehensive about enrolling onto the programme because there were young people from her high school who knew her during her initial phase of gender transition. She was afraid that the bullying would continue on the Moving On project. She was assigned a Personal Tutor and she was introduced to the Diversity Officer and Employability Coach who all wanted to support Chloe and help her through her journey.
HOW HAS Chloe BENEFITED FROM BEING INVOLVED?
Chloe became the LGBT voice in student forums and represented B&FC for the #thisgirlcan campaign. Chloe was nominated for student of the year 16/17 and she has progressed on to the L1 performing arts taster programme with entry 3 in maths and English. She is currently on the L2 Performing Arts course for 17/18 and working on her L1 maths and English. The programme supported her in making friends, raised her self-esteem and gave her confidence to challenge any doubts about her own hopes and aspirations. Chloe’s attendance and confidence improved.
WHAT SKILLS HAS Chloe LEARNED?
Chloe has been supported every step of the way in gaining confidence, finding her own place and feeling comfortable about herself. She has said ‘I have never been so well supported as I have at Gateway Campus’. She has regained her confidence and she is making new friends and integrated into College life as a valuable member.
WHAT ARE chloe’S FUTURE PLANS?
Chloe has settled well into College life and she is on track to move into future employment, education or training. Currently she is a L2 Creative Arts students having moved from Entry 3 on Moving On project.
WHAT BARRIERS HAS chloe OVERCOME?
Chloe’s biggest barrier was lack of confidence and previous negative experience at school of bullying and homophobia.
WHAT DID chloe HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE MOVING ON PROGRAMME
Chloe would like to add a thanking statement to the staff that have helped her to step over the challenges and for the support that she has received. Chloe is taking part in a Channel 4 documentary about LGBT group. She has been part of some filming in Blackpool and she is hoping to hear more in the near future.