"I wouldn’t be where I am without Clanrye Group"

This blog post is all about one of our participant's Fiona, who felt that Clanrye Group in Portadown really helped her get to where she is now. Take a read of her story below.




Fiona was referred to Clanrye Group, Positive Directions. She has Fibromyalgia and Addisons Disease and had been shielding since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic due to the nature of her illness.  

Fiona was extremely nervous about coming out of shielding.  She had internet connection at home but did not have access to a laptop.  We loaned Fiona a laptop to allow here to join classes and workshops remotely.  She completed, Online Gardening, makeup and ME Learning courses “Understanding Behaviour in Children” and “Autism Awareness”. 

Having the laptop at home gave Fiona the opportunity to join in a group workshop from the safety of her home, building confidence to interact with others on the course and learn new skills.  Fiona really enjoyed the social interactions and having a chat online during the courses, “Teresa sometimes had her hands full, trying to get the class started because of all the chat!”

When Fiona felt ready, we began the delivery of the ICT qualification with a blend of online and classroom activities.  Fiona felt “The procedures and precautions Clanrye had in place gave me the confidence to attend the class in the Mayfair.  I loved that I was allowed to work at my own pace, with the support from Andy.  He was always willing to help and explain things as often as I needed, he has a great way of breaking a task down into smaller, more understandable parts.” 

Fiona gained employment as an Administration assistant and Classroom assistant in a local Primary School and continues to work there.  While she feels nervous about the rise in cases, she feels that the time she spent with Clanrye has given her the confidence to deal with whatever comes next. 

“I wouldn’t be where I am without Michael, Andy, Teresa and all the support I received in Clanrye. I would love to volunteer in Clanrye to give something back for all I have received, I am so grateful for all they have done“

Fiona is now in the process of registering as a volunteer with our Skills for Life & Work programme in Portadown.

Congratulations to Fiona, and to all she achieved!

If you feel like you are in a similar position that Fiona was in, give us a call! Contact Elaine to find out more about our programmes on offer in Clanrye Group on elaine.hanna@clanryegroup.com or phone 028 3089 8119