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Jasmin enters 2021 with blooming self-confidence

It has been a joy to watch the transformation unfold over a short space of time

Based in North Down, Jasmin was shy when she came to NOW Group, and often did not like to share her thoughts during a year of online sessions.

Fast forward to 2021 and the situation has completely changed.

“While we have seen growth in many participants,” says Jasmin’s Skills Trainer, Emily Downey, “I have seen a continuous growth in Jasmin.”

What has been behind this growth?

Since joining NOW, Jasmin has engaged in a variety of different training courses, including the catering-based Loaf Academy and the more interpersonal Independence Skills at the beginning of lockdown. She has also spent some time further developing these qualifications by volunteering at Loaf Pottery in Crawfordburn.

During the months of lockdown, Jasmin completed a run of further three courses – the Progression to Employment Academy, Managing Personal Finances, and Hospitality Academy. It was here that Emily identifies as the turning point where Jasmin’s “confidence has soared.”

Now, not only does Jasmin contribute well during class, but she also creates valuable learning opportunities for other participants by sharing her own experiences. Emily has even noticed that Jasmin has become one of the first participants to volunteer for role-playing scenarios or to provide answers during class discussions and activities.

“Most importantly,” notes Emily, “Jasmin is not afraid to take chances. She is adaptable and eager to learn and improve her skills.”

Quite the turnaround from our once bashful County Down native. With this blossoming confidence, we hope that Jasmin will soon be in a position to secure paid employment with a future.

Interested in learning more about our support services? Give us a call on 028 9043 6044 or drop us an email at Our team is ready to help you into work in 2021.

This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy.

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