Posted : 4th February 2015
“The staff are really nice. You meet lots of nice people here.”
Balwinder Kaur, aged 33 from Birmingham, came to Fircroft having suffered badly from a lack of confidence. She had been through a very difficult period in her life a few years ago, which involved a spell in prison, the breakdown of her relationship and living in a supported hostel.
She first heard about Fircroft College from her support workers. Wanting to find a new path in life, she enrolled on the Personal and Social Development programme of courses with the goal of building her overall confidence, as well as the Stepping Stones programme aimed at helping people wanting to get into support work, mentoring or coaching roles. Balwinder says studying at Fircroft “helped me believe in myself a lot more", adding that “the tutors here are very supportive and make you feel welcome”.
Balwinder has continued to enrol on Key Skills at Work courses which she hopes will build her work skills, as well as adding to her CV and making her even more employable. She has been also been volunteering as a cook at Anawim Women's Centre with a longer term goal of becoming a self-employed 'Meals-On-A-Budget' tutor – a role in which she aims to help people on lower incomes to eat well and healthily.