Meet Lindsey, our latest success story who has made great progress towards her goal of being a self-employed health educator and speaker, despite facing many barriers.
Lindsey has a hectic life as a single parent looking after two children who both have complex abilities and mental health issues. On top of this, she has to manage her own mental wellbeing and physical health conditions.
She came to Bridge Northumberland last year for help, following a family member’s experience of the programme, looking to build her confidence and get support to move on with her life.
She signed up to the free support offered, fully open to suggestions on to how she could make positive changes to reach her own personal goals of helping others in the same position as herself.
Lindsey started her journey by taking part in counselling and coaching sessions so she could overcome her own personal barriers, building up her confidence and self-esteem.
With support from her Bridge Worker she then moved into training and voluntary opportunities to develop her skills, knowledge and qualifications with a view towards going self-employed in the future.
She started doing voluntary presentations to educate parents of school-age children, teachers and other organisations to help them understand the impact autism has on a child, and through her own personal experiences recognise the difficulties they each experienced and how they overcome them.
Taking steps towards goal of self-employment
Lindsey’s focus for the future is to become a motivational speaker on her specialist subject of autism. With a little encouragement, she was open to looking at other disabilities so that once she becomes self-employed she can educate people on numerous health conditions.
With financial support from Northumberland CVA we were able to source her a Learn Direct Understanding Behaviour course which she enrolled on. Following this, she’ll continue to develop her skills and research health conditions until she feels ready to proceed with her self-employment goal.
Lindsey spoke about her Bridge Worker Angela:
“I started Bridge to help me build my confidence and help me get into more training courses to get some qualifications, as being a full-time carer I felt I needed and wanted something more for myself.
“My Bridge Worker has been nothing but helpful and understanding 100% to help me get started on training and volunteering of which I’m interested and have a passion for. She went above and beyond for me.”
Angela Evans her Bridge Worker was full of praise for Lindsey:
“Lindsey was a pleasure to work with, she required support to point her in the right direction and the rest came naturally to her as her confidence grew. She is very motivated to help others and with gaining additional knowledge to enable her to educate people in a range of disabilities and the impact on their lives she will do well in her chosen career.”
Lindsey said of her journey:
“The opportunities they have given me – I can’t thank them enough for all they have done and their help and support. I would highly recommend Bridge.”