My name is Claire and I am a student Social Worker, currently studying towards a Bsc degree at University of the West (UWE).
I am on placement here at Babbasa and will be joining the Support Team. I am really excited to have this opportunity and look forward to meeting some of the amazing young people who live in Bristol.
The most recent challenge I have faced is continuing to study during the lockdown restrictions. Like many people across the world it has been difficult to adjust to life moving online. I learn best when I can talk to people and share ideas. The pandemic has meant we have moved to online learning, therefore we have not been on campus since February 2020. A life in isolation presented unexpected barriers, although support was still available it was limited and not in my preferred style. I have Dyslexia and Dyspraxia which was not identified until last year. My experience of the education system growing up had left me with the belief I was not good enough and lacking confidence in my ability to learn. I left school with no qualifications and felt like a failure.
The situation now was beginning to feel the same. I began to withdraw from study and even contemplated giving up. However a fellow student contacted me and we shared some of our current challenges we were facing. I realised I was not alone, we began to support each other initially by phone, then online and once permitted through a bubble. The support of just one person who believed in me has enabled me to become more confident and has prevented me from giving up on my lifelong aspirations to become a social worker.
I now try not to compare myself to others, I am on my own journey and I know I bring something which can’t be measured by high grades. I continue to work hard to improve myself and be the best person I can be. As long as I never give up on my dream I know I will get there.
I have only just started placement here at Babbasa, but already I feel the values shine through. It feels like a safe place to continue my learning and I hope I can help others to become more confident in their abilities to achieve their aspirations.
I am determined to complete the course and qualify as a Social Worker next year. If I could give three pieces of advice to a young person it would be something like this;
- Never give up on your dream, in times when it seems impossible remember why you want it and what it would feel like achieving it.
- If someone says you are not good enough, show them they are wrong.
- Accept help and access the support you need along the way.