I’ve lived in Knaresborough all my life and have a great love for the town. It is because of this that I have always strived to play a role in helping the local community. This has taken various forms over the years but most recently has seen me take on the role of bell ringer at St John’s Church.
I sometimes struggle to maintain focus and interest on a specific activity; this behavioural element of my disability has, in the past meant that I find myself unable to continue with things I am involved in. But not so with bell ringing.
I have been attending every Tuesday for around six months now and have found that I am deeply passionate about it. Not only does this provide me with something to look forward to each week, but also means I have been able to improve my focus in other areas of my life.
I have noticed I am a much more motivated person now and really enjoy taking pride to look my best when I attend the church. ubu support me to get ready by helping with my hair and makeup, and I always choose the outfit I will wear; making sure I look and feel fantastic.
I am also very proud to say that I was recently awarded a certificate for my efforts in helping to celebrate the queen’s 60th anniversary by being part of St John’s official bell ringing tribute. This is a great accolade for me and proof that my commitment has really paid off.
With my focus levels now at their highest I am looking into more avenues to channel my abilities. I will hopefully soon be starting swimming sessions and am also keen to find a therapeutic work role that will see me give even more back to the community I love so dearly…..watch this space!