No rush, no pressure

Vicky has completed the Include IT* Course at Change Grow Live in Widnes. During lockdown, she received support from the WEA, including the use of a tablet. She has now progressed to studying maths and English, and is completing an accountancy course at college. 

I’ve had a tough time with my health in recent years, and I was out of work and badly lacking in confidence. I’ve always been a worker and so really wanted to take baby steps towards getting back on the job ladder. My tutor Gill at the WEA has been amazing. I can’t speak highly enough about her. She got me going again. 

The course was an introductory guide to IT, and I found it really enjoyable. You can take your time. No rush, no pressure. In a way, the lockdown was a blessing, as I couldn’t rush back into life. I had to go slow. I did a lot of walking with my dog Walter. It meant I could recover properly. I count myself lucky. 

I have since done courses in English and maths in college. I applied for a job as an account assistant and came second out of more than 200 applicants. The feedback was so good for my confidence. My son tells me I’m a changed person. Without Gill, I really wouldn’t be where I am today. The WEA has made so much possible for me now. 

*The Include-IT Mersey project is managed by Sefton Council for Voluntary Service in partnership with VOLA (a consortium of Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector service providers) and 14 local, not-for-profit providers. It is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

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My son tells me I’m a changed person.. the WEA has made so much possible for me now.


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