“I am volunteering"


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."