Posted : 8th February 2015
“My experiences and time at Fircroft have given me the confidence to take on anything, despite the setbacks that life may have thrown at me.”
Norman Mattison, 55, from Birmingham, had always been a very active person and a valuable member of the community. As well as teaching English and Drama at George Dixon School in Edgbaston, he did mentoring work in the probation sector and had his own business at Ladywood Arts and Leisure centre in Birmingham, where he was a writer and producer of plays. However, his life changed when he was involved in a devastating hit-and-run accident in 2007. Since then, he has dealt with severely reduced mobility, resulting in him having to put his business ventures on hold and spending much of his time at home. He describes this as “very frustrating, as I’m not a person who is used to sitting around. I’ve lost a lot of independence”.
When Norman was told about Fircroft by a friend, he decided to apply for some courses. Norman has since completed numeracy and literacy courses and is planning to return for more short courses. He says his whole experience at Fircroft has helped him to banish the doubts that he had about his ability to overcome his mental and physical obstacles. Norman comments, “I haven’t come across a bad teacher yet. With each course that I’ve done, the teachers have been spot on with me – they’ve been supportive, they’re relaxed and they make you want to listen and learn.”
He says that Fircroft has helped him to be more confident, and to believe that he has a lot more to offer. After Fircroft, he plans to start writing and producing films. Norman credits Fircroft with helping him to turn his life around. "My experiences and time at Fircroft have given me the confidence to take on anything, despite the setbacks that life may have thrown at me.”