Who Dares Works: Stephen Dodd

January 14, 2021

Stephen joined the Who Dares Works project in November 2019. He was suffering with long-term anxiety, depression and social phobia which limited his use of public transport and being in a large group, to the extent he needed to use taxis to get to places.

Upon joining the project, his main goal was to work night shifts, as this would limit his interaction with other people. He started by attending the Active Plus course. By the fourth session, he was making his own way there, feeling much more confident and had even applied for a job!

With his new-found confidence, Stephen was referred to the Who Dares Builds course to learn new skills, broaden his horizons and develop his confidence further of working in a group.

Craig Little, of Rebuild South West who run the Who Dares Builds course, said:

“Steve was a pleasure to have on the course… over the two weeks his confidence has shot through the roof!”

Upon completing this course, Stephen had a new goal, to be a qualified carpenter by 2024 and started training for his CSCS card, a goal far from his initial night shift work!

Despite COVID-19 putting a halt to some support and courses, Stephen managed to continue moving forward. By September 2020, Stephen was actively job searching and had started training for the construction industry with Coastline Housing. The course involved hands-on training, health and safety, working on a building site and some basic office administration duties.

In less than a year, and during a global pandemic, Stephen has turned his life around. He has confidence, more skills and in December 2020 completed his Level 1, City and Guilds course in Construction.

Of the project, Stephen said:

“My life has changed so much, and I am so happy. My confidence has grown so much and I’m doing more and feeling more positive than I ever have in my life. I can’t thank WDW enough for everything and all the support and encouragement.”

Stephen’s mentor, Majella, was so impressed with Stephen’s journey, she said:

“It was a pleasure to be Stephen’s mentor. He always put in the time and effort to explore his goals with me and identify where his barriers were. Even through battling with his anxiety, which was more heightened during Covid, he trusted me to try the courses that I suggested would help him and put into practice tips on anxiety management and self-care. He was always ready and willing to support others on his courses too and always had a happy smile even when struggling.

His own self-growth and progression prompted two of his family members to join WDW and also improve their lives and go on to further training and education and achieve their planned goals towards future employment.

I am very proud of Stephen’s achievements and wish him all the very best with his future.”