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Climbing the ropes to employment

Name: Zara
Programme: Young Bristol’s Instructor Training Scheme
“From a young age, I’ve always had an interest in outdoor activities. I recall looking up to outdoor instructors at school residentials, aspiring to have a similar job in the future but never believing that I would have the confidence or skills to carry out such a role. Coming from a single parent, low income background, I was limited in my ability to afford to access and participate in outdoor activities any further.
My first engagement with Young Bristol was in 2015 when I took part in their NCS programme, an experience I thoroughly enjoyed. After being unsuccessful in achieving the grades I needed to secure my university place and questioning my future, I decided to join in the Instructor Training Scheme (ITS) in September 2017. I regularly attended sessions, highly enjoying the opportunity to learn and develop new skills in activities including kayaking, canoeing, high ropes and climbing, in addition to meeting like-minded individuals.
Through ITS, I completed my First Aid Course which has since been put into practice. In early 2018 I completed my RYA Power Boat Level 2 qualification and Safety Boat training, as well as passing the SS Great Britain High Ropes Instructor Course, gaining employment in 2018-19. This was my first role as an instructor.
In 2018, I also assisted with several of Young Bristol’s Holiday Activities, enabling me to put newly found leadership and communication skills into practice.
The most valuable thing I have gained from my participation with the Instructor Training Scheme, is a great increase in self-confidence and self-belief. I struggled with low self-esteem throughout my teenage years and participating in the scheme has vastly improved this; doing activities that were out of my comfort zone, and achievements I previously though I was incapable of. All of these new experiences have helped me to determine what I want to do in the future.”

Find out more about Young Bristol by exploring the Temple District Route on Bristol Giving Day – the Bridges Challenge.

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Quartet Community Foundation brings together people who want to help the local community with projects that make a real difference. Our main focus at Quartet Community Foundation is to change people’s lives for the better across the West of England. We are part of a national network of 46 quality accredited Community Foundations that match those who want to give money locally with those organisations and charities working to improve local communities.

Bristol Giving Day joins together businesses and local community causes to spread generosity across the city. One day in the year we strive to inspire extra charitable giving and right proper fun to make a big difference to local causes. Organised by Quartet Community Foundation with the support of the Bristol business community, Bristol Giving Day calls proud Bristolians to join together to love our city.

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