Before the programme I had very little social interaction, I was often getting up after midday and kind of living a life without changes. I really wanted to change that. Unfortunately, I’ve been out of paid employment for about the past 18 months following a psychotic episode. For the last four months I have been volunteering one day per week at a local reclamation yard, mostly driving a delivery van.

Being on Get on Track has been great. The instructors were brilliant and the support from the Face Forward staff has been brilliant too. I found working with the athletes very inspiring, their athlete stories were detailed, honest and motivating.

Doing the programme has prompted me to sign up to a do a Level Two qualification in mental health awareness, and I’m also going to be starting a Read Easy course so that I will be able to help adults with dyslexia to learn to read.

Before coming on Get on Track I’d been doing a bit of boxing to keep fit and active, but I really enjoyed trying new sports on the programme and I’ve started playing basketball regularly with friends.

Rich Parker, athlete mentor

Cameron has been a real credit to the programme, always willing to push himself and take on challenges. He has overcome a lot and now shows a real desire to keep learning and keep pushing himself, for example he delivered really confidently and in an engaging manner on the social action project. Cameron really impressed me over the course of the programme and I’m excited to see where he takes his future

Looking back, I think the Social Action Project we did was the most beneficial part. We had planned a session using physical activity to teach teamwork and communication skills to a group of 30 children aged between 6 and 12.  It was a real test and was challenging due to the unpredictability of what we were delivering.

If I was asked to sum up the impact this programme has had, I’d say it’s improved my confidence and communication skills immensely. As a result of Get on Track I’m easily approaching customers at work and explaining things to customers on the phone which I couldn’t have done before.

Face Forward is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the National Lottery Community Fund. Find out more about Face Forward.