Friday, 14 August 2009

Next Steps celebrate members' achievements!

Phew! It's been a busy time for our Next Steps teams in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk over the last few weeks, with achievement ceremonies across the region! Next Steps supports adults and young people with learning difficulties to develop their confidence, work skills and life skills in order to live the life that they want, and be an active part of their local community.

Our Suffolk team kicked things off with their informal ceremony in Newmarket celebrating the fantastic achievements of their members, many of whom will be coming back in September to work with us some more. Liz and Steph have a few places left on their Bury St Edmunds course, so if you know anybody who would be interested do get in touch with Liz at liz.carran@speakingup.org!

Pictured: Next Steps Fenland members at their achievement ceremony

Not to be outdone, our Fenland team held 3 achievement ceremonies in 3 days, in March, St Ives and Huntingdon! One man told the gathered friends, families and carers how his brother David, a Next Steps member, never used to join in with anything at all, and that he couldn't believe he had organised for his whole group to go to the cinema. There was a real buzz at the events, with entertainment including members performing as Michael Jackson impersonators and hosting their own Strictly Come Dancing! It was great to see the members showcasing their talents and showing how much their confidence has grown during their time at Next Steps. Everybody had a fantastic time, and many of the members vowed to keep up in touch.

Finally, the Cambridge members celebrated the inspirational achievements of 6 members who were moving on to their lives in the community, and 6 other members who will be continuing with their courses and building on their achievements further.

"I'm so proud of myself. I told you I could do it!"
Alison, Next Steps member

If you would like any more information about Next Steps, please get in touch with Senior Project Leader Graham at graham.fitzgerald@speakingup.org

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