People we’ve helped

Building new futures for Ryan and Rowan

Ryan’s story

Ryan initially joined Latch as a trainee and has now secured employment with us. He is a 27 year old who was long term unemployed. He wanted to use the traineeship to turn his life around, starting by getting a trade. One of his hobbies is weightlifting (he holds a Yorkshire record for dead lifting over a quarter of a ton) and his impressive strength has been a huge help on site. He was able to carrying in 75 acoustic boards at 6 stone each!

Ryan impressed us during the recruitment day – both with the strength he showed in the ground works for laying a new waste pipe and his level – headed approach in undertaking intricate joinery works. He has gone from strength to strength, learning a wide range of skills including ground works, building metal stud walls, insulating, plaster boarding, plastering, building doorcases and hanging doors, plying floors, tiling & assisting with fitting a kitchen.

Ryan has been quick to learn new skills and uses them well. He’s also a great team player.

Ryan explains “you would have to pay a lot of money to go to college and learn this kind of skills and here I am getting paid to learn them.”

Rowan’s story

Rowan has been a tenant with Latch for over 2 years. He’s an outstanding musical talent with a passion for classical music. When Rowan met his support worker he told him of his aspiration to become a performing and recording pianist. To support Rowan to achieve his dream Latch’s personal coach worked with him to promote his talent. Through this collaborative work Rowan has played at prestigious events such as World Piano Day, performed at the renowned piano sessions with international touring artists, played at Harewood Estate and the Leeds College of Music. His music has also attracted the attention of film makers.

Thanks to his commitment and talent and our support, Rowan now has an excellent platform to realize his dream, and become a professional musician.

Our aim is to build positive futures for even more people like Ryan and Rowan… Find out how you can help support our work.



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