Mel had been agoraphobic for thirteen years when, in September 2007, she plucked up the courage and enrolled on a literacy class. Despite extreme nerves, she started the class, finding it got easier each week. Mel enjoyed the course with Hull Adult Education, passing entry level 3 and levels 1 and 2 in Literacy. She completed her next goal, too, and passed Numeracy level 1.
Mel wanted to help others so she completed in-house volunteer training and started to volunteer in a class for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. Wishing to become a tutor, Mel passed NVQ level 1 in Learning Support and progressed to the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector course, which she hopes to complete soon.
Now having the confidence, Mel enjoys days out with her family, has lost six stone in weight and volunteers at Dove House Charity Shop as well as continuing to learn. “There is no stopping me now. I have gone from nothing to gaining a new life – all because I returned to learning,” smiled Mel.