This is my journey of how I went from lacking confidence and having anxiety about leaving the house, to gaining the self-esteem to start college.
Before joining Face Forward, I felt isolated from people my own age because I had low self-esteem and struggled with social anxiety, especially when leaving the house and I was looking for ways to change that.
My journey with Face Forward started with regular meetings with, Advisor, Marianne. At our second meeting we talked about my goals and interests. From this we put together a list of things I enjoyed, which included: creative writing, art, blogging and making new friends.
Through exploring my interests, Marianne organised a visit to Bournemouth Arts University, where we had a tour of the university also spoke to the headmaster of the university about the subject in which I was interested in. I attended a day in Gorcombe, where I went quad biking and paintballing. I got to meet new people and I really enjoyed it. I’ve also gone to a few activities at the Reef Youth Centre in Wimborne.
A few months on, I started drawing and trying to push myself to go out and leave the house more. I then completed the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s Get on Track programme, which aims to help build self-esteem and confidence through taking part in various team building challenges.
I found the programme really challenging and it pushed me out of my comfort zone. Even after the first week I could feel my self-esteem and confidence were beginning to build up. By the end of the project I had completed challenges I never thought I would, from doing brain teasers to organising a fundraiser, and I got to do this with an amazing group of people.
Since completing the programme, I’m now at college, three days a week, working towards getting my Level One in Functional Skills. Next year, I am hoping to continue my studies by taking up BTEC Art and Design or continue working towards getting my childcare qualifications. I have also set myself a goal to go to University in 2020.
Face Forward is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.