'My Journey' by Griff


Wednesday 4 April 2018

 

My Journey by Paul Griffiths (Griff)

 

I started with Disability CanDo four years on a six week Confidence course. With my new found confidence three years ago I decided to start driving lessons, but I had to stop due to my anxiety and a breakdown. On the positive side, the confidence course helped me get back into learning, where I have completed several courses including POVA, Digital Champions, Mental Health First Aid, Paediatric First Aid, Barista Training, and Mental Health Social Care.

After the confidence course ended, all of the attendees decided that we wanted to continue meeting once a week and the Wednesday Wizards were formed. This allowed me to continue building my confidence whilst learning new skills with ITC.

The help and support I have received from all of the staff and CanDo allowed me to move out from my parents’ home in September 2015 into supported accommodation at Ty Obourne, where I made some real good friends. Now I live independently in my own flat.

In January 2018, I had my provisional driving license back from the DVLA and I am now ready to give driving another go. The last two years, I have been volunteering with Gofal, based in Foxes Lane. Where recently I have been given the opportunity for a fifteen hour paid placement with Pathways doing administration, to help set up a new community hub for mental health based in Bargoed, which I will be running.

Without the help from CanDo I would not be the bubbly, confident person I am today.