I am 37 years old and a full time Mum to my 10 year old son who has Alagille Syndrome. I decided I wanted to try and open a special needs play centre in my home town but needed a qualification to do this.

I began volunteering at New Hope Worcester and enrolled on the CYPW Level 3 course through Eagles. Volunteering at New Hope has given me the opportunity to gain experience of children with varying needs and disabilities. It has also given me the confidence to believe in my ambitions and with the help of Jean Wilson (Founder & Manager of New Hope), we are working towards opening a New Hope in Droitwich.

I was anxious about the CYPW course to begin with as I was unsure how I would cope with the study after years away from education!

I am relieved to report that the course is great and my assessor has been most supportive! The course is at a pace I can realistically follow and I am grateful that my assessor has been approachable, understanding and sympathetic to my needs! I have found that I am able to juggle home life with the course and volunteering and actually feel like I have a new lease of life – doing something that I really enjoy!