Before I started with Face Forward, I was socially isolated which was partly due to living in a rural location and because of my learning difficulties I struggle with time and organisational management skills.
I was a bit nervous about joining Face Forward because I did not know what to expect and because of my lack of confidence and self-esteem.
Face Forward have helped me to; try new activities, improve my confidence, learn new skills, take on my fears and develop interests. The staff have been good at giving me written information which has helped my organisational skills and they have given me a lot of support and encouragement which has been really useful.
I have tried a variety of activities with Face Forward that I never thought I would and have found that I enjoy them. The small group sizes made it easier for me to socialise and I’ve met some amazing people along the way.
While on a course called SPARC, ran by the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, I overcame my fear of heights by climbing large ladders, I practiced water rescue techniques and gave a presentation with the Fire Service. I have also been involved with the Tyneham project which includes song writing, film making, script writing and photography production and editing.
Georgina Bartlett, Peer Mentor said: “working with Sam has been an absolute pleasure! When I look back at my first appointment with Sam and compare it to where he is now, it’s amazing.
“He has accomplished so much, giving everything 110% even when he has been unsure if he could do it. The best thing about Sam is that not only is he willing to give things a go, he always does it with a smile.”
I am thankful for having had the opportunity to take part in Face Forward, I have enjoyed the experience, I have some good memories for the future. I feel more confident having faced different challenges and I've succeeded more than I expected myself to.
Face Forward is passionate about supporting young people across Dorset overcome personal and circumstantial barriers.
Face Forward is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.