Sandy was homeless and living in a hostel due to suffering domestic violence, at home. It was a fellow resident at the hostel that persuaded Sandy to visit the Trinity Women’s Centre so she could look to make positive changes to her life and learn new skills in a safe and supportive environment.
Sandy began with a cookery course, gaining an NCFE accreditation in Confident Cookery, and then gained a Level 2 Food Safety qualification and an NCFE qualification in Art, Craft and Design in Cookery, followed by courses in art and IT. All courses were achieved with support from Trinity tutors Sarah Harris and Alistair Eales, and are part of Hampshire Learning Skills for Independent Living. Sandy’s confidence grew and she began volunteering in the Trinity kitchen on a daily basis. Whilst gaining practical experience in the kitchen, Sandy was assessed for an NVQ2 in Food Processing and Cooking, proving to other women at the centre that moving forward in life is achievable.
Sandy has recently taken up a paid job as a cook at Trinity.