What its like to be a volunteer with The Small Steps Project.

Becoming a Volunteer

I’ve been a volunteer at Small Steps now for around 3 years. I first came to Small Steps just thinking it was something to do with my time.  I was sick of just existing and not living, one of my favourite statements was just because “I’m breathing does not mean I’m living”.  From the first day I walked in to Small Steps the calm supportive atmosphere had me hooked they made me feel I was capable of anything and even if I was having a bad day the staff and clients always made me feel better. I learnt and developed new skills and a passion for mental health and helping others. Small Steps does not just change the life of clients but also its volunteers, giving the tools and confidence to move forward. Thanks to Small Steps I am completely hooked and am now studying psychology with counselling, they have changed my life, and I’m forever grateful for them helping me find my path in life.

 

Sarah-louise

Domestic Abuse Awareness Video

A number of young people from The Small Steps Project were involved in a Domestic Abuse research Project with Calan D.V.S.  This project was carried out to educate and influence peoples views on domestic abuse from the perspective of young people and their own experiences of accessing front line services. The video is a culmination of a lot of commitment and  hard work by all those involved.  The Video is now being used by domestic violence services to educate young people in schools through out Powys.

“Mountains”

“Mountains” – by a young person involved in the Small Steps Project

“I am an 18 year old living in Newtown! To everyone else I come across as an always happy, bubbly person. However, even people like this may only be acting. I am on the road of recovery so I am very lucky but I only have achieved this by pushing myself and coming to Small Steps which was the best thing I ever did.My life has been and is a journey just like anyone else’s just there has been mountains for me to climb. At first I found them too high but it didn’t stop me and it shouldn’t stop anyone else either. I now have to keep climbing these mountains and yes, even now some mountains may grow in front of me, trying to stop me on my path, but I know the best thing for me to do is not let it knock me back or put me down just climb it. I’m not saying it will be easy but with the right support and positive thinking it is possible. I know positive thinking is very hard as I struggle myself to keep positive but I know I am getting the support I need to work on this with Small Steps and anyone else that needs help should go to them too. So no matter how big or small your mountains are you can climb them and get to the other side of them. To cope with these mountains I find things to do such as:

  • Drawing.
  • Singing.
  • Covering my walls in happy quotes to look at when I wake up.
  • Also the main one – surrounding yourself with positive people.”