Alyn is a member of our LEAP project group, aimed at helping develop the skills and confidence of people with either learning difficulties, or who are on the autistic spectrum. Following his initial assessment Alyn received a further one-to-one session before he attempted his first group activity, which was a wildlife and heritage walk at Cyfarthfa Park. Alyn advised that he was surprised at how well he had coped within the group activity and following this agreed to attend weekly LEAP meetings at MTIB. Since attending the group sessions Alyn states "my confidence has shot up and in addition to gaining qualifications I have formed friendships with other members of the group."

Since starting LEAP Alyn has achieved 2 Agored Cymru accredited units and a NICAS level 1 climbing award. He has attended outdoor experience days including a Bushcraft experience day. In addition to developing within the group sessions Alyn’s confidence and employment skills have been enhanced considerably by starting within a variety of voluntary placements at the Haylemma Equestrian Centre, MTIB Gardening Project and Cyfarthfa Castle Museum.

 Alyn states “I have found LEAP very helpful it is a great project for people who are out of work, it has built my confidence and enabled me to meet new friends”. Alyn plans to continue volunteering and hopes to gain further qualifications which will help him to gain paid employment in the near future.