I first heard about Community Connections from my sister who works for the NHS. I didn’t know how it could help me but my sister encouraged me to go – and I am glad she did.
I have Asperger Syndrome and find it hard to communicate with people. I have never had confidence in anything I’ve done, even though I have a degree from Essex University. If I’m told to do something I always try and do it to my best ability, but I need to learn how to believe in myself.
When I first joined the Community Connections project, I had to be accompanied to my appointments by a member of my family as I was so nervous.
Since joining the project, I have upgraded my Microsoft Office skills, attended a CV workshop, an employability workshop and received one-to-one help with job searching, confidence building, self-esteem and interview skills.
My Employment Support Adviser encouraged me to attend a 10-week employability course at Brentwood Community Print. This went well and the company asked me to stay on as a volunteer where I am gaining experience interacting with people and being part of a team.
This was something I found very hard before coming to Signpost. Since joining the project, my confidence has grown a lot – to the extent that I have recently passed my driving test.