When WeMindTheGap welcomed Chloe to the programme just 18-months ago, she was drained, both physically and mentally. Despite Chloe’s personal burdens she shined with self-determination, empathy for others and the ability to smile, even on the hardest of days. In April 2019, Chloe stood proud at her graduation ceremony, speaking to a large audience she shared her story of resilience and empowerment.
Following on from graduation, Chloe secured a full-time job caring for the elderly, with the ambition to gain experience before attending Bangor University to study Adult Nursing, in 2021. Just a year on from graduating, Chloe never quite imaged she would have the responsibility of being a key worker in a global pandemic. Displaying courage and bravely, Chloe said “I’m just doing my job, taking one shift at a time.” WeMindTheGap are so proud of the woman Chloe has become and continues to be. Here is Chloe, to tell her story:
To tell your story is to heal, you must always, always tell your story. The past eighteen months have been a complete rollercoaster of emotions – to say the least! There was a time where I tried to hide from the world. I couldn’t understand my own feelings, so how could anyone else? I could barely leave the house. I needed a change, a chance for myself and my daughter to have a better quality of life.
I was fortunate enough to secure a place on a six-month programme with WeMindTheGap. It was so hard adjusting to everything at first, however I surprisingly became comfortable very quickly. I gained experience in a variety of businesses to explore the kind of career I wanted to work towards. The opportunities were endless, and the six-months were life changing. So, I took everything I was offered with both hands. I learnt to reframe all my negative thoughts to positive ones and welcomed the opportunity to deliver a speech at our graduation, which I never thought I’d say! I felt privileged and overwhelmed to receive a standing novation following my story of my struggles and strengths. I will forever cherish that moment. I have met so many amazing and inspiring people through WeMindTheGap, including my life coach who helped me vision a clear, bright and positive future.
Now, I work for social services in my local council as a support worker for the elderly. I absolutely love my job and have worked there for nearly nine months and I’m working towards studying Adult Nursing at University. I love every aspect of my life; I love my bad days because that reminds me, I am human. Always love yourself and be happy.
WeMindTheGap are so proud of Chloe, her achievements, self-belief and determination.