Doesn’t matter what you’ve been through, everybody’s got a past so you just have to work through it. Stay positive and just keep on going and keep on going I can beat it. I remember being over there, knee deep in a flower bed of mud. I wasn’t in college, I wasn’t really doing anything and at the start of the course I was very much, “I want to do this on my own, I don’t need to be around anyone else” you know, “me me me” whereas now I feel like I can talk to anyone and everyone. On the community project that’s when me and James became
quite good pals. Last year I got diagnosed with cancer. The first week was the hardest but then you just like, you’ve already got it so there’s no point in staying down. The team were very very quiet when we first met them so it was quite daunting for them really. But after the first week they kind of grew into it. The community project is an allotment down in North Tyneside for a charity
called Foundation Futures. When we first got there it needed a lot of work doing to it. It was just rubbish everywhere, so you kind of walk in you were like “are we really gonna get this done within like a couple of weeks?” They worked as a team fantastically to develop the willow arch to develop the patio to make the bug hotels, the planters, being able to have those planters there so Foundation Futures can grow food is a real bonus. From our community project no one thought they could do it. When we had our celebration day going down and seeing it and it just proves that the programme really works to be able to get a positive outcome for them. The biggest impact of the course is kind of how confident it made us. You can’t stop somebody from doing the stuff that they love doing. Get in Titanic pose! The sense of hope and the sense of belief that they’ve got out the programme and focussing on something and completing it they have really started to believe in themselves and push forward.