"ROAD offered me a safe friendly environment where there was no pressure, no judgement and definitely no stress!"
My journey with ROAD started January 2023 for approximately 6 months and continued in June 2023 when new funding was secured. To say been involved with ROAD was life changing would at least be an understatement. The support network of professionals and most importantly friends I made was amazing. I was assigned a health trainer named Marti Vitale who supported me with many things based around my Health and Wellbeing which I do have a lot of issues based around poor mental health. We would meet every Friday afternoon and engage in craft activities and on 2 occasions we went on trips out one to a local wildlife sanctuary and another to the local beach which both were amazing. On another occasion I was asked to do one of the craft activities which turned out to be a metal sculpture workshop and to think a year ago I struggled going out of the house and I got such a buzz from doing it and felt appreciated for once. I also volunteered for 3 Parade/ Festivals which I did find myself outside of my comfort zone but with the support from JDA made the events mind blowing and so much fun. One of the most important things for me personally was offering me a safe friendly environment where there was no pressure, no judgement and definitely no STRESS which been at ROAD did exactly what they set out to do. There was a clear objective from the offset to improve your Health and Wellbeing. What did ROAD do for me personally? · Improved my physical health and mental health · Helped reduce my Blood pressure. · Improved my ability to focus on the activities. · Reduced my Stress Levels · Made me feel worthy. · Gave me more confidence. · Gave me something to look forward to every week. · Definitely improved my mood and mental health! This list is endless really. Marti also monitored my progress using a scale method regularly and it was very clear that it was working which again gave me a good feeling. From a personal point of view ROAD has not only been Life Changing but for me LIFE SAVING.