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I left school with a couple of highers at 16 and started teaching full time for swimming lesson companies for 14 years. I have had the pleasure of working with many different people over the years, as colleagues and as customers. I had been a swimming teacher for so long that some of my previous students became my colleagues when they were old enough. I worked with children of varying abilities and adults too. As much as I loved teaching the young kids, I always felt more fulfilment from teaching the older children and adults. I enjoyed the level of engagement you’d get from them and seeing their determination to learn a new skill was always rewarding too.
I eventually decided that I wanted to challenge myself and my abilities further by finally pursuing a degree in psychology. I had wanted to do this since high school but never felt “academic” enough to cope. So back in 2017, I got a strong urge to apply to an access course at Forth Valley College. This is where I met a few of my peers from Resilience Learning Partnership (although I didn’t know it yet). This is also when I met Managing Director of RLP, Shumela, for the first time. Cut to about a year and a half later and I was reunited with Shumela who asked me if I would be interested in joining her team and become a facilitator for TIER. I was very excited at the thought of working with adults again but in a different capacity, so I did not hesitate to say yes, absolutely!
I am currently in my third year at Stirling University studying psychology and I am excited to apply my learning of Trauma Informed Practice to my studies. I also have a passion for mental health awareness and feel bringing my own personal experiences and, perhaps, learning about other people’s experiences will help spread the importance of mental health awareness.
Resilience Learning Partnership is training and education provider, specialising in psychological trauma & lived experience.