If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you’ll know by now why I’ve been so busy the last couple of weeks: namely that I’ve been busy applying for, being interviewed for and then agreeing to be a part of this fantastic scheme:
The scheme is being run by Union Street Media Arts and PANDA in partnership with AGMA (which I’m assuming means they’re paying for it). I’m genuinely really excited to be a part of it and I’m sure that this blog, as well as all of my social media accounts, are likely to be dominated by this over the next few months.
How did I get involved in Creative Breaks?
At our second meeting, Peter, my befriender from the LGBT Foundation (and I promise I’ll be doing more posts and vlogs about that soon!) told me about the scheme and to be honest I thought: why not? I’m in a place mentally at the moment where I’m ready to get involved in things and try something new. This sounds like it’s going to be great fun, and pottentially open some doors into getting a new job, so what have I got to lose?
I’d be lying, of course, if I said that I didn’t have worries about taking part. Will I be able to cope with being back ‘in work’? Will I manage the travel? Will I be able to mix with – and work with – loads of new people? But the thing is that, right now, I feel like it’s the right time to give this a try and, even if it doesn’t work out, at least I’ve tried my best and taken a step forwards.
What do I want to get out of taking part in Creative Breaks?
I’m not naive enough to believe that after three months doing this programme I’m just going to walk straight into a new job. What I really hope is that taking part in this will teach me some new skills, and how to apply my existing ones to a new field; get me used to being back in work and, above all, give me a confidence boost that I need to get out there and start living life again.
I hope that you’ll follow me over the next few months as we see whether I can make those goals become a reality.