Testimonial of Samantha
I genuinely find it hard to describe in words the impact that the Future For Heroes course had on me personally. I would challenge anybody to take part on the course, fully invest themselves in the process throughout the 4 day period and not come away without any element of self learning or personal development.
I attended the course following 18 months of depression, work place bullying and harassment, poor duty of care within the work environment and long term family issues which impacted significantly on my self confidence, self esteem and self belief. The course setting, fellow attendees and supportive, insightful staff all ensured that the environment was safe and enabled me to be as open as I wanted to be about my personal difficulties without feeling judged or belittled.
For those individuals who do not benefit as much from outwardly expressing thoughts, feelings and emotions like I did, there is the opportunity to learn and explore things through outdoor physical activities which are set to your own individual pace without any pressure to take part if you do not wish.
The early morning energisers, either walking or canoeing on the lake are idyllic and a perfect opportunity to enforce any learning, just have a laugh with colleagues, personal reflection time (of which there is plenty throughout the course) or time to just have fun and forget about any troubles of the past or that remain at home.
I personally used this time to formulate a plan on how I would approach things differently on my return home based on the things I had learned on the course.
I attended the course 2 months ago and there has not been a day that has passed where I have not thought about my time on Future For Heroes.
Whether that be the people that I met (some of whom I will remain in contact with), the activities completed or simply just remembering the beautiful setting and scenery.
Primarily, however, I remind myself every day that I cannot change the past but I can learn from it and use that to live in the present and plan for the future. This simple mantra helps me to get through the challenges that I am still facing and has effectively helped me to refocus my priorities in life.
If you are in any doubt about applying for the course, then what do you have to lose?
I would be happy to volunteer my time to help on this course such is the value I place on what it is achieving.