Having trouble with maths has not helped with debt management so Andy sought assistance from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau who helped him apply for a Debt Relief Order. This has been hugely helpful but also prompted Andy to realise that he had to make changes to his life. Attending a university open day, Andy found something he is very enthusiastic and excited about; a film studies course that will develop all his creative, communications and problem-solving skills and that will fit around work. For Andy, this was a big moment – no other job or training had ever caught his imagination and excited him like this. This is where Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity came in.
Andy came to us for an assessment so that he could access practical support and financial assistance on his course. He’d always had suspicions that he was dyslexic, and the assessment confirmed this but it also highlighted Andy’s many strengths and skills. Andy could not have accessed help without bursary funding.
‘It was like a shadow hanging over me; dyslexia adds to your insecurities and lack of confidence. The assessment opened a door for me and made me see there are solutions to problems. Now that I know why I have trouble doing certain things, I am easier on myself – it’s not me, it’s the dyslexia. Without this help, I would still be in the doldrums wondering how I could get out of my situation. I now have an opportunity to improve my life in ways I never thought possible.’
The Covid-19 pandemic delayed Andy starting his course, but he is excited about learning new skills, meeting new people and the wide range of opportunities ahead.