This isn’t really a blog, rather a proud, emotional and humbling moment. Anyone who works anywhere near our sector, knows that measuring the difference we make is incredibly hard.
Wanting passionately to prove it statistically, it doesn’t mean that feedback from individuals isn’t worthy and of value. And when it’s this good it deserves to be shared. So here it is verbatim.
When we asked a recent DigiTILS+ trainee ‘What Have you enjoyed?’ this was his response
A sense of empowerment that has come from gaining all this new knowledge. I never learnt this stuff from schools and I got minimal knowledge and information from my parents, so just knowing this course exists and I was able to take part is probably the thing I enjoyed the most. I just really appreciate that this course exists and that it’s free!
Then this is what he had to say when we asked ‘What have you learnt?’
I woke up today to a surprise fine that I got when I was living in Peterborough, If it weren’t for you dude I wouldn’t be able to deal with this fine, I instantly started thinking about how I can overcome this using all the information we talked about in regards to what help is out there with stuff like this – hopefully, I’ll be able to set up a payment plan!
I took lots of notes on the debt and APR% session and I put all my notes in a book that I keep all the information I think I will need when I get my own place. Surprisingly everything around bills was really familiar. The real thing I will take away will be about the debt and APR% side of things. It has been the biggest lesson – mostly because any debt I’ve gotten into previously I would just work and suffer through it, with the hopes I could pay it off at some point and I would be alright.
But the lesson I have learnt is that I don’t have to make as many compromises and there are solutions available to me. I realise now that I’ve been trying to keep up with my friends and now I know I haven’t got to. Yourself and Vicky have broken the horrible stigma that everyone in the council is a robot and don’t give a shit. My friends and the people who have been around me are very much anti-Government and this has created distrust for councils even for getting a credit card and now I am doing everything solo, it’s on my terms and It’s ok to accept the additional support out there. I feel ok to make silly mistakes!