24 year old Alanna had just given birth to her daughter and was working a part-time bar job. She joined Belfast Hills Bright Future and immediately fell in love with all things outdoors! She really valued the teamworking, communication skills and confidence she gained. She was also able to do a John Muir Award, allowing her to gain qualifications whilst working outside. When she completed the project, she used her experience to secure a job as an Assistant Ranger at the National Trust. She now gets to take young people on guided walks and introduce them to wildflowers, butterflies and bumblebees, which before they would have walked past without noticing them.
‘Before I took part in the programme, I thought a career in conservation would be far-fetched, that only people with university degrees would be suitable. But through the programme I developed key skills needed in order to help me gain a great job in a field I love. Our Bright Future has helped change my life dramatically!