I came to Brighter Futures in 2008 on a program they were running for girls / women on DIY. I had my own flat and it needed some work doing on it, I couldn’t afford to pay someone to do the jobs, so when I was offered the chance to go on the program, I thought I would learn how to do the jobs myself so I attended.


I learnt lots of different skills from fitting a new washer on a dripping tap to patch plastering and really enjoyed it.


When the program had finished I had gained not only the knowledge and basic skills I needed to do most of the jobs in my flat but I also left with qualifications in Basic First Aid, Health and Safety, Manual Handling, ASDAN Experience of Work Award and the CSCS Card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) they also help me get a part time job in retail which I stayed in until I came back to Brighter Futures in my spare time as a volunteer in November 2013 and really enjoyed working with the learners. In April 2014 Debby and Neil offered me a part time job as a learning mentor, I left my job in retail, now I work at Brighter Futures and I’m doing a teaching course at college.