Think2Speak, a Social Enterprise partner also based in Gainsborough, approached HATS staff with an invitation for our residents. They were running an 8-week programme run by Jo Tasker and designed to help younger adults to develop positive self-esteem and confidence. HATS staff shared the details with clients and were pleased that three individuals, Kallum, Leon & Cavan showed interest in attending the programme.
Tammy, one of HATS’ Housing Officers, said: ‘On the first day we arranged to meet up at the office first so we could all go down together, I wanted to make sure they were all comfortable and settled in.’ Though initially reluctant as he had attended a similar course before and concerned he might be bored, HATS staff was pleased that Leon did decide to join the course.
Our clients provided us with feedback after the first session. All said they had enjoyed it and that Jo and the team had been really welcoming and fun. This was particularly important for Kallum who lives with social anxiety. He said: ‘I felt really at ease as everyone was very nice and I enjoyed the free lunch.’
Catching up with clients at their support meeting, it was evident that all three clients had started to become good friends, as during the programme they had shared some of their life experiences and Kallum & Leon in particular had learned they had a fair bit in common. All commented that the programme had really helped them with their confidence.
At the end of the programme, HATS staff were invited to a set of presentations which had been organised & delivered by all three clients. It showed off their new-found confidence. They had also planned in some activities for staff to show them what the programme had taught them about having positive self-esteem and confidence in every day life.
Since then, all three clients are now volunteering their time to help in the development, planning and running of the Gainsborough Youth Voice project. A really positive outcome!
Written by Tammy Hurley
HATS Housing Officer