In 1999 Angela took one of her children to enrol at college; when it became apparent that she needed help to complete a form, staff assessed her for a learning difficulty. The diagnosis of dyslexia finally gave Angela the motivation to try to learn to read and write. She began with a basic English course, a typing course and entry level 3 Maths, allowing her to help the youngest of her children with their homework. This gave her the confidence to continue and complete level 3 Maths and CIT stage 1, followed by a volunteering role at her younger children’s school. Angela then began volunteering for Homestart, supporting hard-to-reach families and inspiring them with her own success story. She completed an NVQ2 in Advice and Guidance to formally support this role, and is currently studying at level 3.
Angela has referred more than 20 learners on to courses through her work at Homestart and loves watching them reaps the benefits of learning. “I enjoy learning and hope I can encourage as many people as possible to experience that joy,” she concluded.