Sayra first started her learning journey in 1999 as a young, single mum who had left school at 14 with no qualifications. She started with cookery classes and took a number of other courses, but when her mother became ill, she had to give up and become her carer, as well as look after her younger brother and her own daughter.
When Sayra was able to return to learning, she looked for a short course that she felt was achievable. Sayra began an Introduction to Counselling course and never looked back, since achieving a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling, a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies and a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. At times, Sayra felt like giving up as she struggled with the academic side of her studies, but the support of tutors meant she persevered.
Sayra said, “When Su gave me back my portfolio all signed off, it was truly amazing. I had done it, me a qualified counsellor! It still doesn’t feel real and I almost want to ask someone if it happened.” Sayra is now a volunteer counsellor and has a waiting list of clients.