Thursday, 31 May 2012

Case study: Samantha Charlesworth

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“I completed The Challenge last summer. Before going on the programme, I was worried that people would have a negative view of me as I had always been in and out of trouble and felt that people would judge me. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The Challenge helped me to form real relationships with people I would never have chosen to even speak to in the past. Discussing stories of transition helped me to realise that I can progress despite my rocky past. I also learnt to relate to people that were different to me and show understanding and empathy towards people with different life experiences. This was key to working together as a team.

Since taking part in the programme, I have continued to volunteer with our community partner, Greenhive Residential Care Home. Having visited them in the summer, I was touched by the work they were doing to help dementia patients. My grandma had dementia before she passed away last September. I didn’t see much of her as she lived far away. However, volunteering with Greenhive has helped me to give back to others and show that I appreciated what people did to help my grandma. I also volunteer at Home Park Adventure Playground, where I work with 5-16 year olds.

Doing The Challenge encouraged me to develop skills I didn’t think I had and build genuine friendships with people I would naturally ignore.”

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