Spotlight on - Peter Nduwayesu Buturo
At Spotlight, we had the opportunity to talk to Peter Nduwayesu Buturo, founder, director and social worker at Bold-Leap, who told us about overcoming his setback and using his experiences to become the voice of the voiceless.
I was born in Uganda in 1984 but my family and I moved to the United Kingdom in 1989. It was here that I attended primary and secondary school, however, unfortunately, I didn’t achieve the GCSE grades I was predicted due to my willingness to want to fit in with others and a lack of focus. I became involved in low-level crime because of this and at times I viewed the streets as something I needed to be a part of. Eventually, I returned to Uganda in December 2000 at my father’s instruction. This was a sudden shock of events as I had to adapt to a culture and country that I left 12 years ago.
Unfortunately, 2001 saw many losses in my family and was a time where I battled with thoughts of suicide, but it was also then that I found faith in Christianity and it is at this point in my life that I began to discover more of who I am. I returned to the UK in 2002 in the hopes of rebuilding a life at the age of 17 without parents. I retook my GCSEs and achieved grades A-C in 2005 which allowed me to go on to study Law & Policy at Coventry University.
However, I decided to change my subject to Social Work as I wanted to become the voice of the voiceless and use my personal journey, that is filled with adversity, empathy and compassion, to inspire a generation of young people. I graduated in 2011 as a social worker which has provided the opportunity to engage and support some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised young people in society.
Setting up Bold Leap
As a social worker, I have placed many young people in care into semi-independent homes. Unfortunately, I noticed that some of the companies that I have worked with did not provide a holistic, supportive and consistent setting for young people. As a result of this, I was committed to making it possible.
I started my first two companies, P4thway and SIL Services, in London and Birmingham between 2017 and 2018. These provided me with the experience to understand how to set up and run a company.
Eventually, I decided to set up my own company and founded Bold Leap in 2020, to help young people to make the Bold Leap to independence. I find it a lot easier running a company on my own, as I can make decisions a lot easier and ensure my purpose is fulfilled. I feel it is my mission to inspire a generation of young people to reach their potential and become the best version of themselves.
Bold Leap provides guidance and helps young people to find housing, employment, education, and support. We provide holistic support to ensure that young people can find their feet and take brave strides towards a fulfilling life
My biggest challenge is balancing the different roles I find myself in, which includes being a husband, father, foster carer, social worker and business owner. Having all of these varying responsibilities has posed significant challenges to my daily life in terms of managing my time and ensuring that I am able to give my full attention to each area. However, I am learning that if you want time you must create it.
I started working with a business coach and implemented systems, processes and automated administrative tasks to help give me the focus to free up my time and help improve my overall organisation.
Additionally, dealing with personal tragedy at a young age presented significant challenges but has also motivated me to plan for tomorrow and live for today. My faith in God has enabled me to become stronger and with Him, I can achieve the impossible.
Knowing my purpose and the reason I am on this planet at this particular time in history teaches me that failure is not an option. It is an ingredient for success. When you’re starting a career it’s essential to invest in yourself and have a clear goal in your mind. I would recommend writing your vision down.
For me, my children, wife and wider family are a big part of the reason I do what I do. As well as the desire to leave a lasting legacy, and make an impact on the lives of children and young people, that will transcend generations.
I want to work with as many local authorities in England to ensure young people make a Bold Leap from care to adulthood. I am working on opening a new semi-independent placement in Surrey in January 2021 and the key to this is working in partnership with Surrey County Council.
My advice for anybody starting their careers, whether that’s starting a business or managing a team, is to learn as much as possible.
If you’re going into a leadership role, you should undertake a leadership course in order to understand and learn your leadership style. If you’re starting a business, it’s important to learn about experts in your field and other fields in order for you to create your own team of experts. Learn to change your outlook on business, see it as a marathon, not a sprint. Learn about your recruitment process and the input systems your business uses. Learn as much as you can because learning is key to any role you will undertake.