Deniz Holmes – Step Forward Tees Valley Programme

Deniz didn’t know what to expect when she joined the Amacus Health and Wellbeing programme and was lacking in confidence for various reasons.

She met with Emma, Step Forward Tees Valley Navigator, and it became clear Deniz had hidden qualities and an underlying desire to become successful. During this meeting Emma helped Deniz overcome her initial fears and misconceptions.

Upon induction to the programme, she admitted that all intimidation was wiped away within moments of entering the room. The friendliness of staff, especially Amacus trainer Julie Robinson, helped her settle in straight away.

‘‘I couldn’t believe how fun it was. Julie was really friendly; she broke down barriers with myself and the other delegates and made time for all of us. That personal touch means a lot.’’

The Health and Wellbeing programme enables individuals to build their confidence, find new skills and ensure that they look forward with a positive attitude. The sessions use group activities, one to one support and various scenarios, to help develop confidence. Deniz said: ‘

‘I have learnt how to present myself better and realise that I have various strengths and skills, some of which I wasn’t aware of before this. Scenarios and role play activities have made me realise how I used to approach things. As a result I’m going to change; I’ve learnt a lot about myself.’’

Having completed the Health and Wellbeing programme, she then moved onto the Employability programme, to further develop skills and confidence. Deniz passed both courses with flying colours and now plans to start looking for work. She said:

“I would encourage anyone who is lacking in confidence to join the programme. You learn more about yourself, it’s a really friendly atmosphere and you’ll make new friends for life.’’

Contact Amacus on 01429 890071 to find out how you can participate in training through the Step Forward Tees Valley Project.

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