Sandra started to occasionally bring her daughter to the under fives drop-in. She found that everyone was very welcoming and she started to make friends.She slowly became more involved in helping to organise the sessions and found that she was good at communicating with the children.She became more confident and with the encouragement of the staff has started to pursue an NVQ in Childcare. She says “I never thought coming to a Drop-in would be so life changing.”
Ranju had been coming to the youth club since he was ten and had become a senior member that the younger guys looked up to. He started to take on organising pool and table tennis competitions with supervision from the youth workers. He showed great communication skills and decided that he would like to become a youth worker. We got him on a course and he combined this with volunteering in the club. He is now a full time youth worker starting a family of his own.
Debbie got involved as a parent and volunteer helping to run the youth club in the centre. She recognised that there were some tensions between the centre users with competing need for space. She brokered a meeting arranging for a group of youth club members to provide refreshments and all agreed that they had enjoyed a productive evening. Debbie decided to join the Management Committee .
Michael was living in a hostel and had been unemployed for five years since moving to London from Newcastle. He came into the centre almost by accident but started to regularly use the cafe. He started to attend a computing course we were running and grew in confidence . We referred him for Information and Advice on support into employment and he is now doing a numeracy and literacy course. He says “I almost walked right past the centre but the cafe was very inviting looking. It was a small thing but it’s changed so much for me”.