2014: Citz members reflect

Posted on: 16 December 2014

Written by: Molly

As 2014 draws to a close, two of our members reflect on the progress they have made this year with us.

Ed has been a member of Cardboard Citizens for several years and in 2014 has achieved a great deal. After participating in the 2013 Christmas Production of We Are All Misfits, Ed attended workshops in Dance and Writing for Theatre and went on to perform in the Dick and his Dog, showcase in November.  Ed also gained his level 2 qualification in Peer Mentoring at Cardboard Citizens and completed his Entry Level 3 English Course in May. Ed recently got his first job in 10 years working at Toys R Us.

Cardboard Citizens has really helped me to keep busy this year and has helped me develop personally and professionally. I have gained confidence from my involvement with Cardboard Citizens and have learnt new skills. It’s also been a lot of fun!

Paul has been an active member of Cardboard Citizens since 2013. Paul works as a part-time fitness instructor but was going through a challenging time and was looking for fulfilling activities to help him to develop personally and creatively. In 2014 Paul completed workshops in Dance and Forum Theatre and gained qualifications in Peer Mentoring (Level 2) and PEARL (Personal Employability Achievement and Reflective Learning). Paul has recently been offered several interviews in the rehabilitation and fitness sector and has become a Members Representative with Cardboard Citizens. He has also returned to performing live stand-up comedy under the name “Caroll Singer,” and in November performed to a full house at The Rhythm Factory on Whitechapel Road.

I have found activities at Cardboard Citizens such as the Peer Mentoring course very challenging, but I’ve also found that I’ve developed in confidence and gained new skills and I especially enjoyed the Forum Theatre Week in September.”