Yasmine's story

Yasmine went to university before she was married and had a good job but it became difficult for her to work once she was married and living with her extended family. When her two children started school she felt and low and a little lost with life. The family also moved to a new town which left her feeling quite isolated.

She was introduced to Nur Fitness, who work with Step Forward Tees Valley, and tried an exercise class. She really enjoyed it and was interested in learning more about fitness and nutrition. Nur Fitness put her in touch with Step Forward Tees Valley she saw this as an opportunity to thank about going back to work in safe friendly environment and the fact free childcare was provided really helped.

Yasmine attended various courses including mental health and empowerment course;  introduction to social media and arts and craft. Joining the programme really opened up her mind and she felt empowered by what she had learnt. She felt she had become complacent in her life and had given up on her dreams and aspirations. She said: “This course has woken up my inner self again and made me think why did I give up on my career?”

SFTV helped her assess her skills and potential and inspired her to explore options available to her.

She said: “I feel like I have got my confidence back. I had so many skills and abilities and I had forgotten about them. Since I started the mental health and empowerment programme the need in my own community dawned on me. There is so much to do here and I would never have thought I would be any good at it. My father had mental health issues and it is a subject close to my heart. I don’t really speak out about experiences but I feel it is important to get the message out there.”

Yasmine has found her confidence and self-esteem has improved immensely. Free childcare provided by Step Forward Tees Valley gave her an opportunity to have some ‘me time’ without feeling guilty. She found her passion was making changes within her community and she wanted to empower other women so she started to look for work where she could make a difference. She discovered she has a gift for working with people from all ages and backgrounds and is now working for Step Forward Tees Valley helping other people overcome the barriers holding them back.