Briony, Liverpool

Briony's confidence boosted through Goal programme

Goal participant, Briony, was a year 11 student looking to overcome her barriers; one of these was her low confidence and self-esteem. In particular, Briony felt uncomfortable answering questions and taking part in group activities that were given to her, such as role play exercises.

When she started on the Goal programme Briony was very quiet, but she was widely liked and got on well with the people around her. She wanted to become more confident and improve her communication skills to feel more comfortable speaking to people she hadn't met before.

During the first term of the programme delivery, Briony attended a derby match at Anfield Stadium where Liverpool FC played Everton FC. During half time, Briony and three other Goal girls went onto the pitch to kick the ball to the centre circle as a competition against other Goal participants.

With the stadium holding over 54,000 spectators, Briony had to overcome her nerves to take part. Being able to do this boosted her self-confidence and after she was a lot more active in the Goal sessions. The following week, she was extremely positive and enjoyed the experience. She said it will help her to relax when she faces new challenges.

In addition to the Goal sessions, Briony also remains physically active by taking part in football and P.E sessions. Briony still engages with the programme through St Francis Assisi School every Wednesday. Briony hopes to successfully complete her GSCE’s while continuing to gain life skills and build her confidence through the Goal programme.

“If I never started Goal programme, I wouldn’t have gained the opportunities and skills I have now. Holly helped me have the confidence that I didn’t have before”.

Briony

Goal participant

During her first 8 weeks on the Goal programme, Briony was able to complete all sessions to her full potential and has shown a vast and positive development in a short period of time. Briony said “the Goal programme helped me understand how to gain the confidence to read clearly to a large group of people and got me thinking about how other people feel when they come out of their comfort zone.”

“The Goal programme helped me understand how to gain the confidence to read clearly to a large group of people and got me thinking about how other people feel when they come out of their comfort zone.”

Briony

Goal participant

The Goal lessons were created to help shape and bring to life the skills and qualities that Briony wanted to tackle.

Outreach Coordinator, Holly gave Briony one-to-one support, while delivering a curriculum that includes lessons such as leadership, communication, non-verbal communication, gender, learning to say no and being under pressure. Some of which included friendship building and personal development.

Briony said that she is currently really enjoying the programme and believes that the support and opportunities provided by Holly helped her to build her confidence and improve her self-esteem.

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