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November 2023

National Stress Awareness Day 2023

Johnny is a young man who attends our digital skills centre each week. He is kind, passionate and highly creative, but lives with learning and mobility challenges which present a certain level of stress in his daily life. We asked him about his challenges and how our support services help to relieve his stress.  

"There are times when my situation gets to me. I often get angry or sad because I can sense that people are frustrated with me because of my challenges and since I don’t have anyone to talk to about it, the stress can pile up. There are times I look at myself in the mirror and wonder how I even ended up like this. Some days I feel out of control, and it can get lonely without any way to express that.” 

Johnny has been attending Compaid for several years, and over that time, has focused his learning on reading and writing using specific software and equipment with the support of our encouraging trainers. Over time, we have noticed that he has become more open and easily makes friends, which he puts down to the comfortable and sociable atmosphere within our centre. 

“I have always loved trains. Gathering information about different locomotives, railway systems, and learning about how the engines have evolved over the years brings me so much joy. Initially not being able to use a computer to compile all my findings only added to my stress, as I couldn’t invest in my passion as much as I wanted to. That's where Compaid has really changed my life.” 

“The trainers understand what I’m going through with my dyslexia, and visual impairment, and that alone is a comfort. I use a high contrast keyboard which helps me see letters and keys easier, and the staff and volunteers encourage and support me while I work on improving my writing and reading through online courses. They are so patient and encouraging, and that really helps me feel better about my learning.”  

“I feel a lot more confident in myself now attending sessions at Compaid, writing helps me relax, express myself and be creative. I’ve written so many stories and now feel that I am confident enough to share with others. The more I write, the happier I feel, and it’s all thanks to Compaid.” 

We are aware that there are many more people like Johnny out there struggling alone. Could we help you or someone you know? 

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