Alex GahanWhy did you come to Môn CF?

I came to Môn CF in January 2017 for support with finding a job. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do exactly, but I liked the idea of doing something linked to my interest in sport. I didn’t have any qualifications, so I hoped Môn CF would be able to help me with that too.

Did you do any training?

Yes, I did a few courses at Môn CF’s Training Academy: Health & Safety, Manual Handling, First Aid and Fire Safety. Meeting new people and getting the certificates helped me to feel more confident, and my mentor supported me to put together a CV which I was really proud of. I also joined the Journey to Work project, where I got my provisional driving licence and went to weekly sessions to practise for the theory test. I passed the test in May this year, and have been doing practical driving lessons ever since.

Did you do any volunteering or work experience?

Yes. Because of my interest in sport, my mentor offered me a place on a scheme run between Môn CF and Anglesey Council’s leisure centres. I did a work experience placement in Holyhead Leisure Centre, shadowing the lifeguards and helping out around the pool area. They put me through the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, where I improved my swimming technique and learnt about water safety, rescue, and CPR.

What are you doing now?

After doing well on my work experience placement and passing my training, I was offered a job as a Lifeguard in Holyhead Leisure Centre covering holidays and sickness. It’s going great and I’m getting plenty of shifts. I’ve started doing the Level 1 Swimming Assistant Qualification so I can help out with lessons at the pool. In my spare time I’ve been learning to climb, and I’m planning on starting volunteering at a local climbing wall soon.

What do you think is the best thing about Môn CF?

The best thing about Môn CF is how nice and helpful everyone is.