Karen had not really stepped outside her home environment for almost ten years due to mental health issues, so it was a massive step when she enrolled at Intraining in Blackpool with a view to learning new skills to find work. She was apprehensive but was supported by staff and her husband, and achieved levels 1 and 2 in Literacy and Numeracy, passed a basic first aid qualification, learned IT skills and completed a CV.
In October 2010 Karen started a voluntary position at a women’s centre in Blackpool and, as part of the training, completed Child Protection and level 2 Sexual Health courses. She is now studying for a Diploma in Health and Social Care, hoping it’ll help lead to paid employment at the centre.
“My life has changed dramatically since I started training, it has improved in so many ways,” said Karen. “I have new friends, a social life, and an eagerness to go forward and continue to develop as a person and achieve more qualifications.”