I came across the college prospectus purely by accident. Little did I realise what a huge impact on my life that booklet would make.

I enrolled on the ‘Believe & Achieve’ course (highly recommended as a starting point) and ‘Arts for Wellbeing’ (find the inner artist in yourself). On my first day I was having a particularly difficult time, but having made a promise I couldn’t run! I received a very warm welcome from the team, so much so that at the end of the session I was already looking forward to the following week.

More courses followed providing me with the tools to make improvements to my life.

It was a natural progression for me to become a volunteer. My roles include being a ‘study buddy’, working as part of the hospitality team (always happy to serve a brew with a smile!), and some admin duties. I particularly enjoy seeing the difference being at the college makes to the once nervous students. I now have a purpose, routine and am learning new skills along the way!