Gloucester | Inclusion Gloucestershire
Bel used to work at a University teaching Psychology, with experience in mental health therapy, eating disorders and research. A few years ago, she was in a car accident which resulted in a serious injury and led to ongoing physical and psychological difficulties.
Bel used to work at a University teaching Psychology, with experience in mental health therapy, eating disorders and research. A few years ago, she was in a car accident which resulted in a serious injury and led to ongoing physical and psychological difficulties. Taking into account her background and experience, this hit Bel really hard.
“I joined the GEM Project to find out what possibilities are available for me now considering I know that it might take me a while to get there. I miss working, it has always been so important to me and I miss having that part of my life. I’ve always worked before the accident. I’ve been very scared due to the nature of my health issues and any potential adjustments that may be needed.
I knew I needed to start somewhere especially with being even more isolated due to the Covid outbreak. Emily has really helped to get me going; she has been so patient, caring and supportive right from the start.
Even having no laptop was such a scary thought, I couldn’t pretend to be functional if I didn’t even have the tools which would be crucial to my day to day life, particularly with the majority of activities now being online. Through the GEM Project, I kindly received a laptop which was such a relief.
GEM has also got me taking part in new activities through their GEMonline programme to help my general wellbeing; including planting, yoga and art which have all been great distractions. The Creative Stressbusters session in particular really helps channel my calmness, I feel like a weight comes off during this activity.
I’ve also completed some accredited audit training which resulted in me undertaking four Green Impact audits as part of the GEM Project Green Impact scheme, led by SOS-UK (Students Organising for Sustainability UK).
The team leading this were so pleased with my contribution, they actually asked me to complete some further GP based audits which were much more demanding and complex. Having a key responsibility for this voluntary role and the fact that I was asked to provide further support, has really helped me to feel like I have accomplished something again and started to rebuild my confidence and self-esteem.
I’m definitely further along that I thought I would ever be and GEM is key to that, I wouldn’t have had the confidence without Emily and GEM. She has given me hope that I can have a future.
Before the accident, I was very much ‘work hard, play hard’, but I now need to learn that’s too much pressure for me. I am living a life that’s much different but am now starting to find possibilities again. There have been many bumps along the way, but Emily never treats them as a problem, she always finds a possibility or solution.
Even just helping me get to a position where I can apply for roles again is a massive step for me and I’m so grateful for all the support so far. I’m now able to trust and engage more with people and I even laugh more now than I did a year ago!”