"I lack self-belief, my
anxiety is high, and I don't
get out much. What can
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
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.
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Amy on the Lone Parents course