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I’ve set up a community interest company to offer coaching and support to people, including those who wouldn’t normally consider it or be able to access it. This can help them to gain clarity about what they want, increase their resilience and develop an action plan for their future.

It’s about 10 years since I first had some coaching sessions, to help me find a new direction after redundancy. I really appreciated being able to confide in someone who was independent of my life, yet committed to my progress.

It was very satisfying to have the space to consider what really mattered to me and to explore my hopes and fears. I started to see my situation differently and began to trust myself to follow the direction that seemed to be beckoning me.

Years later, a chance opportunity to go to a taster session in coach training led me to enrol on the course, followed by a course in Advanced Coaching Skills. This has helped me to build on the experience I’ve gained in working with people over the course of my career and apply my learning to help others.

I’ve worked in a range of interesting projects over the years:

  • Talking to people to find out how work affects their health and helping to reduce the impactChalk heart on bench
  • Evaluating how engaging in live music can help people in healthcare settings
  • Working with voluntary organisations to develop new strategies
  • Implementing research to improve the health of patient groups
  • Interviewing prisoners about their health and social care needs
  • Supporting those with a health condition or disability to find training, volunteering or employment 

I’ve seen and experienced the benefits that coaching can bring, and look forward to reaching out to people who want to change their life, enabling them to look inside for their own inspiration.

Glad to say I’m working with fellow Jigsaw directors – Alan Wilson from Outreachsailing and Francisco Carrasco from Luma Creations.