I am a young guy, who is supported by Swansea Council. I am also a fan of Swansea City Football Club. I used to attend Swansea Vale Resource centre, I am now a volunteer mentor within this service. I met Nick Andrews at one of my first events that I attended and he was very interested in hearing about my story and he was very knowledgeable and this gave me confidence allowing me to explore other opportunities.
I was invited to join in a Magic Moments workshop that was being facilitated by people from the Wales School for Social Care Research. At this workshop, staff and service users sat in a big circle. After introducing ourselves, people volunteered to read out 1 of 10 different ‘magic moment’ stories. We then put the 10 stories spread out on the floor. People were then asked to move to which ‘magic moment’ story that they thought was the most ‘magic’.
We all had different opinions and reasons behind our choices and using a Exploratory Talk approach, we explored the values, assumptions and implications of what we all shared and discussed. The stories I heard about, showed me that anything is achievable and there is no such word as can’t. Sometimes you’ve just got to persevere. It just goes to show that by giving the best to your ability you can achieve anything that you really put your mind to. What I really did find was it was really inspiring and it made me realise how lucky I’ve got it compared to some people.
Since the workshop, I have trained in Community of Enquiry and am now a volunteer helping to run more ‘magic moment’ workshops. I have also recorded my own ‘magic moment’ with the BBC Listening Project. You can hear it here or read a copy of my ‘magic moment’ here. I have also shared my ‘magic moment’ with senior people in Welsh Government and encouraged them to learn from it.