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New-found

confidence

"I lack self-belief, my

anxiety is high, and I don't

get out much. What can

I do?"

For 28-year-old Amy Ward, these thoughts dominated

her every step, her every action, her every moment. Her

outlook, as she admits, looked 'bleak', and she didn't know

what, if anything, would help.

That was until she started to go along to The Arc's coffee

morning and natter group. Before long, she had signed up

for the Lone Parents Stepping Stones course run by us.

She said: "It lasted two weeks, and it looked at areas such

as confidence building, learning what rights we have,

improving our CV's, and raising our feeling of self-worth.

I learnt how to control my anxiety, plus how to work in a

group and to communicate properly with people.

"I developed a lot of life-skills, and I made a number of

lifetime friends through it."

With her new-found confidence, Amy joined the Westcliff

Community Group and even helped to set up a weekly

arts & crafts group called 'Crazy Crafters' with two

other tenants.

Not only have these opportunities given her more selfbelief and a clearer

mindset, it has provided her with

'a real purpose'.

Amy added: "All this has given me something to focus on,

and to look forward to each day.

"Moving forward, I want to do even more to benefit

the local community. The best thing is, I know those

opportunities to do so are there."

75 people signed up to

coaching sessions in

2018/19 - up

from 68 in 2017/18.

Amy Ward

Would you like to get involved in

your community?

Email customer.engagement@ongo.co.uk to find out more.

Amy on the Lone Parents course

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