Tanisha joined the Bridges programme with Manor Farm in 2018 following a return to the UK from a period of living
abroad. Although highly qualified in her field as a teacher, she had a few knocks which had dented her confidence and lowered her self-esteem.

She met Terri Fryer on the Bridges project who noticed something really special about her quest for employment. Terri said, ‘I think it was her empathy and approach towards others - as well as a bubbly personality just awaiting to be unleashed! She really did bring the best out in others, even though for herself she found it a difficult time.’

Considering how best to utilise her undeniable qualities, she offered Tanisha a volunteer placement supporting Work Station activities. Her confidence soon grew, and she became an indispensable asset to the team. Manor Farm advertised a new role and Tanisha applied. With all the knowledge and experience she had gained as a volunteer with the team and a tenacious desire to work, she flew through the interview and is now an employed Work Station Work Coach! Her sparkling personality is effervescent, and the participants love it!

She has now become an accredited Mental Health First Aider following numerous referrals that required extended knowledge to provide appropriate support. We admire your tenacity Tanisha … and what an inspiration you are to others!