After juggling the demands of motherhood and overcoming a turbulent relationship, Amy Magill has graduated from Edge Hill University today with a First Class degree.

Child Health and Wellbeing graduate Amy, from Southport, has turned her life around after falling pregnant while she was at college, and through her degree she hopes to help others going through difficult times.

“I fell pregnant when I was 16 with my little boy who is now seven,” said Amy. “My family support worker, Nicky Tinsley, encouraged me to return to college to build my confidence back up, and I took her advice and achieved a triple distinction star. This inspired me to continue my studies to university level.

“I wanted to do the Social Work and Nursing degree at the time, but as a single mum with a little boy who hated to leave me, this would have been impossible. I met Carol Wilson, Edge Hill’s Head of Applied Health and Social Care, who suggested the Child Health and Wellbeing course which suited my needs and time much more.

“I found my course a challenge, but at the same time extremely rewarding and it has opened so many new doors. I think it also helped that my tutors were so supportive and offered continued help and guidance throughout.”

Amy volunteers for Home-Start Southport and Formby, who work to support vulnerable families, and has secured a job as a Family Support Worker at Amber Family, a unit which supports parents and helps them provide a safe environment for their children.

Home-Start Southport and Formby won the ‘Volunteering Organisation of the Year’ award at Edge Hill’s Employability Awards evening after being nominated by Amy, who not only praised the vital work of the organisation, but also described how skills she has learned from them are complementing her studies.

In a reference from Home-Start’s Manager, Annie Ives, she described Amy as, “a strong, committed and enthusiastic individual. She is kind, caring, non-judgemental and has a positive attitude to life. She is well able to understand the realities that many parents have to face. I believe she will do well in whatever she chooses.”

Amy has been accepted onto the Masters in Social Work at Edge Hill and dreams of becoming a social worker, eventually opening her own organisation to offer support to young teenage parents.

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