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Inspiring Stories – A CLIMB 4 volunteers’ step by step journey to gaining employment and qualifications

In October 2017, I joined CLIMB 4 as a volunteer on our Peer support programme, 4 You by You.  This was an amazing opportunity for me, I was living in a hostel, estranged from most of my family, giving college a 2nd chance. Everyone involved was passionate, about supporting those with mental health with a more personal touch, not clinical. I spent a couple months with the company until I had to leave due to being unable to give my all.

In April 2018 I left college and started a traineeship with CLIMB 4. The programme enabled me to get the experience I needed to progress onto an Apprenticeship with CLIMB 4. I was given a chance where maybe I shouldn’t have done, I’d dropped out of college twice, and had barely any experience. But something was seen in me, that gave me the drive to know I could do this.

By July 2018, I had worked on a variety of programmes across the business and was now beginning my Level 2 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship.

I couldn’t have been more excited that I had this opportunity to make myself proud. I spent the next year, working on every programme, all the ones I was before, and new ones RESPECT, PATCH and even taking part of flash mobs, which was completely new to me, but I loved it.

July 2019, I did it! I completed my apprenticeship; this was such an achievement for me, I wasn’t just a girl who dropped out of college twice, I had finished my Level 2. I spent the summer working at Holiday club, which was already becoming a favourite part of my job... before the year ended, we had started a new project STEPP UP, this was created to support women, and the paperwork alongside meant I had to use all my past experience with admin to truly excel at this.

The year 2020, was crazy for everyone. June 2020, we started a pilot project for Create the Tiger Online, this was a wonderful project reaching out to families, I continued working alongside co-coordinators sharing my extensive knowledge of Climb 4 and supporting them on this brand-new project.

In March 2021, I was offered more permanent role here at CLIMB 4, working as a Learning and Development Practitioner Apprentice, which I am now doing alongside my Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification. CLIMB 4 have supported me every step of the way.

I have achieved so many things, striving towards goals I didn’t have back in 2016 when I was doing my first year at college. Dreams I didn’t have when I was 10, but here I am happy, and looking forward to the future.

My journey shows that with determination and commitment anything is possible and, that informal education really works.


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