It's grand to know that whatever life may throw in our path, there is always a way to achieve your goals.
When Kirsty, who is the Activities Coordinator at our Tramways Service, asked Anton, a person we support who lives at Tramways, if there were any new activities he would like to do, she received a very specific answer: “I want to learn how to play ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ on guitar.”
At first, Kirsty was unsure of what to do about Anton’s request. “How am I ever going to support him to do that? I thought. I don’t know how to play guitar and I’ve never even heard of Black Sabbath.”
Instead of taking a crash course in heavy metal guitar playing, Kirsty decided to advertise for a volunteer to help Anton. Step forward Will.
“I heard about the Trust through a friend,” says Will. “I wanted to volunteer to help make a positive difference in someone’s life during these strange times. It’s great that I can do that through music and guitar playing.”
Will now gives Anton weekly guitar lessons on Zoom. Will feels that the sessions are good for both of them. “Anton seems happy and enthusiastic about us learning guitar together. I have also learnt a lot myself about the teaching process and we enjoy some similar music styles, so it’s good all round! I would definitely recommend volunteering for the Trust as they are a principled and brilliant organisation and they offer great support to their volunteers.”
Kirsty is delighted that Anton’s hopes of learning to play guitar are being realised. “Anton eagerly looks forward to his weekly lesson,” she says. “It’s grand to know that whatever life may throw in our path, there is always a way to achieve your goals”.