Staff at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust’s (BIRT) Redford Court have been supporting service user Nadia who has enrolled on the Prince's Trust 12 weeks programme. The course is designed to encourage participants to get involved in their local community, gain new experiences, build confidence and make new friends.
When Nadia was asked what her goals were when starting she said she wanted to make friends and get more confidence. Nadia was extremely excited to be starting her first week and was up early raring to go. She got involved in team games and later in the week the group went to Williamsons Tunnels. The group climbed a mountain on the Friday and although she was apprehensive at first, Nadia was helped by other members of the group and said afterwards that it had been “a mission but good fun”.
Week two started with planning and packing for the team building residential which Nadia attended independent of Redford Court staff. Residential week was in LLanberis from Tuesday to Friday. Tuesday was filled with coasteering (a combination of rock scrambling, caving and swimming along the coastline) and a night walk, Wednesday started with gorge scrambling. Support staff from Redford Court visited on the Wednesday evening and said that Nadia was very tired but having a ball. Nadia confessed she had been up till the early hours having girly chats in her dorm. She had helped cook and clean and set tables and felt like part of the group.
When asked during the residential, Nadia said she was really enjoying herself and said she didn’t want to leave.
Nikki Shaw, Vocational Trainer at Redford Court said today: “Throughout the experience Nadia has grown in confidence and she is gaining new friends. We are delighted that we have been able to support Nadia in finding something to help her develop her skills and enjoy her independence.”