Tasha was referred to the Bridge Project by Escape Family Support in May 2017 who told us Tasha had confidence issues due to being bullied and hoped Bridge could help her get started with things and to improve her life.

“Before Bridge I was on rock bottom and on the verge of losing my house, my kids and myself…”

Having worked since she was 15 years old, Tasha left school with 9 GCSE’s followed by SVQ Level 1 & 2 in food preparation and hospitality – a qualified chef, Tasha left her job when she had her children due to the long unsociable hours. Later diagnosed with anxiety and depression Tasha was prescribed with
antidepressants although wasn’t offered any form of talking therapy. She also had a previous issue with alcohol misuse, self doubt and panic when travelling.

Tasha met with her Bridge Worker Claire who supported her initially by talking through her situation and identified some goals and actions to tackle the
barriers preventing her from getting back into work. Bridge Partner organisation Citizen’s Advice Northumberland helped Tasha with debt advice and other
financial support, while our other partner Cygnus Support helped Tasha work through her mental health issues through confidential counselling sessions.

“I felt like there was no way out of my situation – everything was piling on top of me”.

Claire helped Tasha to work through some child care issues and helped to source some voluntary work at Escape Charity Shop in Blyth, something
Tasha had expressed an interest in.

During her time on the Project, in addition to tackling debt and mental health issues Tasha has thrown herself into various creative activities which have helped to increase her confidence and enabled her to express herself. One activity was a digital media workshop where she helped to create a podcast, recorded a song and got to have a tour of Metro Radio in Newcastle where she got to experience how radio news is broadcast and met two of the radio presenters from the Breakfast Show, Steve and Karen.

Tasha also attended a series of ‘Art Taster’ workshops which she really enjoyed and has been involved in interviewing local artists to run future workshops for
other beneficiaries and is now enjoying being a mentor on the project – a fantastic achievement for someone who lacked confidence when we first met her…

Tasha would love to extend her creative and artistic side and work as a Tattoo Artist and feels she has overcome most of her issues and is really grateful to
Bridge – so much so she said she would love to be a Bridge Worker herself so she could help people in similar situations get their life back on track!

“I’ve loved the art sessions – they were unusual and not something I would have thought of doing…the digital media workshops and trip to Metro Radio was good and it was great to meet Steve and Karen”!

When talking about the Bridge Workers, Tasha refers to them as being like “a bunch of little Nanny McPhee’s running around helping people” and feels really positive that the Bridge Project helped her to make changes to her life when she really didn’t think we could when we first met her.

“I wouldn’t be here without Bridge. My life is much better now – I’m now able to put my past behind me and move on”.

Well done Tasha you have accomplished so much in such a short time and we look forward to following the next steps in your journey…

What difference is Bridge making?

Goal setting at a pace that’s best for Tasha

Increasing confidence and reducing social isolation

Addressing confidence and being included in social situations

Working in partnership with other organisations to support Tasha on her journey.

Reducing anxiety levels

What’s next for Tasha?

  • Tasha will be getting involved as a Bridge Connector where she will offer peer support to other beneficiaries to attend appointments/activities
  • Get involved in a communication and engagement working group to help shape the future marketing of Bridge
  • Continue to support Tasha .

If you think we can help to make changes in your life why not contact us?