In early 2024, we will have a host of courses available at Blackburne House including Counselling, English, Maths and Healthcare. We caught up with one of our Healthcare graduates, Ellah, who found a place to fit in at Blackburne House, where she was accepted and able to excel in her Access to HE Healthcare course.
What was your life like before Blackburne House?
My life wasn’t the best, I had little to no confidence and struggled a lot with my mental health and feeling like I did not have a place I felt I fitted in. I had extreme hate for the world and my situation. I felt I wanted to change and get better, but I felt very misunderstood and had a hard time in education.
What made you get back into education?
I have always loved learning but hadn't had any of my needs met in my previous schools or colleges. I realised I wanted to be a Mental Health Nurse and was willing to take the steps I needed to get there.
Why did you choose to study at Blackburne House and how did you hear about it?
I chose Blackburne House after a very bad day at my previous college. I decided I wanted to leave as I felt that college did not suit my needs. I spoke to a mental health lead there and they suggested I enrol at Blackburne House. I’ll never forget walking up to the college in tears and instantly feeling accepted as I walked through the door. I spoke with my tutor, Gemma, and within 10 minutes of the discussion I knew this was the place I needed to be. I’m so glad I came here.
What did you study and how did you find returning to education?
I studied Health and Social Care. Coming to Blackburne House was amazing for me. There are small classes which was perfect for me and I loved the 1-1 support I could receive. Blackburne House is very good at accommodating people’s needs and preferences. I’ve never felt as accepted in a education setting as I did in Blackburne House.
Why did you choose that course?
I chose Health & Social Care because it was a stepping stone into getting into university which was my end goal. I also have always had a big interest in mental health and wellbeing and other health related studies.
How did you find your experience at Blackburne House?
I cannot express the joy I found at Blackburne House. I would not be the person I am today if I didn’t step through those doors. I found every member of staff respectful and very caring. I will always remember my teachers and hold a place for them in my heart. I thought the lessons were very interesting and a lot of help was given if I needed it. Blackburne House go above and beyond to support students and I will be forever grateful for all Blackburne House has done to improve my confidence and mental wellbeing.
What would you say to other women thinking of going back into education?
If you have the chance to study at Blackburne House I advise you to do so, you won’t find a more inclusive and welcoming environment. You won’t be left out or feel unheard; your feelings matter in Blackburne House. Remember that whatever you put your mind to you can do. It’s easy to believe you won’t achieve anything at times but with the right support and environment anything is possible. Knowledge is power and you can have the power to be the best version of yourself!
What have you done with your qualifications?
I applied for university and I got accepted to study Mental Health Nursing.
What are you doing now?
I’m now in my first year of university, I love it so much and I’m constantly learning. I’m starting placement this month which I’m very excited for - I can't wait to become professionally trained and help others. I have joined two societies in university, I’m really enjoying the hiking society. Blackburne House has been been a big help in growing my confidence - I have been able to start performing my poetry and the boost of confidence helped me join Mixed Martial Arts 2 years ago.
What are your aspirations for the future?
My aspirations are to inspire others and to become a Mental Health Nurse. I want people to look at my story and be assured that if I can do it, you can as well. I would love to bring more light into the world of mental health and educate others. I hope to work in a mental health hospital for adolescents and save as many lives as I can.
If you want to find your place like Ellah, we're here to welcome you at Blackburne House. Book your place on one of our upcoming open days on Wednesday 6th December 2023, 1pm - 3:30pm or Wednesday 10th January 2024, 10am - 1pm where you can meet our dedicated tutor team and enrol on one of the courses we have on offer from January 2024.