Hello readers, and welcome to our first blog post of 2018! In this instalment we’re asking one of our participants how Moneywise Plus helped them. This month we chat to Sharon Wood, who took part in the digital one-to-one sessions and the volunteer routeway courses and who has since joined the project in a volunteering capacity to offer her help and experience to other participants.


What were your circumstances before you came to the project?

Unfortunately I was in poor health, which made me feel worthless. My resulting lack of confidence and self-loathing prevented me from working or seeking work.


How did you hear about the project?

I was referred by Ben at Leicester College, and was soon taking part in the digital one-to-one and volunteering courses. Before my first session I wasn’t sure what to expect, but once I’d met the advisors I felt much more comfortable and relaxed. I knew that they were going to be great people to get on with and confide in.


What did you gain from the project?

I increased my digital skills by learning how to use email, I also improved my communication skills. I developed interview techniques and learned how to write a personal statement and complete job applications. I found learning and doing these things absolutely brilliant, I’m much more confident now about getting in touch with people. The project really built up my confidence: it got me into doing emails and applying for volunteering roles. It made me feel comfortable about myself.

Sharon Wood posing confidently

Sharon Wood is now much more confident thanks to the support she received on the project.


How do you feel about life now?

I feel confident about my future now, having had conversations with the volunteering team about upcoming opportunities. I feel that I can overcome the barriers I face; before I approached them with trepidation but I now feel very confident. I feel that I can do more by myself, and the project has made me want to go forward with my life. I feel uplifted and much less anxious.


What did you think of the project?

The project more than met my expectations! I found the people lovely to work with – it was brilliant and everyone felt equally valued. Everyone has been friendly, helpful and great to get along with. Taking part in the project was an absolutely fulfilling experience, it ticked all of the boxes for what I wanted to achieve. I couldn’t fault it. I would absolutely recommend the project to a friend.


Would you or someone you know like to develop financial, digital and volunteering skills?  Our project may be able to help you.  Find out if your eligible by completing the referral form on our website.