“I am volunteering"

#iamstepforward

Alan's story
 

"I have been with Step Forward for over year, I got involved because I had issues with mental health and my general long term health. I also needed support around finances and wanted to improve my digital skills.
 

I was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at an early age and I have learning difficulties. 
 

My navigator says I have thrived at Step Forward. I have attended several events for Community Heroes and I received their gold award. I also attended a digital skills course and course for maths and English. 
 

My navigator says the feedback from all members of staff shows how enthusiastic I am and how I get along with everybody.
 

I have completed the Healthy Me, Confident Me course, which really improved my self-confidence and self-esteem.  I was very isolated when I first joined the programme but after participating in all events and sessions I now have a large circle of friends and my navigator says everyone comments on my positive attitude. 
 

I now volunteer two mornings a week at Westfield Farm which has also had a massive impact on my wellbeing and self-confidence. 
 

I recently suffered a bereavement, as my mum, who I was very close to, passed away. This had a big impact on my life but Step Forward have helped and supported me through this difficult time and helped me cope."

FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND AND THE NATIONAL LOTTERY COMMUNITY FUND