Kelvin-Lindsay

I was born in Zimbabwe where I lived for 7 years before moving to South Africa. My childhood in Durban was full of fun surrounded by my family and all my cousins. We had a great life. My work life started at 16, in line 9 of a local supermarket. I was in charge of packing toilet roles. Heh it paid for my nights out. I studied fashion design at college which led me to a job working in retail. I loved fashion retailing and then in 97 I made the ambitious decision to move to the UK. To save for the move I started to wait tables in a restaurant. It was such a good laugh. After arriving in the UK I went back to retail, first as a supervisor in French Connection working my way up to Assistant Manager , then moving to Selfridges to run a ladies fashion concession. It was my retail career that taught me about customer service and teamwork. I made some great friends and we had fun every day. After 10 years it seemed natural to move into NVQ apprenticeships. I wanted to use my experience to help train people to gain qualifications in retail. I liked the ‘on the job learning’ aspect of NVQ’s believing that there are other routes to take to a career and its not all about a college education. My time with NVQ’s was very varied but my best time was spent with London Youth where I helped set up a program called Volunteer It Yourself. Working with builders I helped youth groups learn entry level qualifications to practical building skills. As if by magic my life took a new turn in 2014 and I found County Care. I now proudly run the Community Skills Project in Horley and I feel that I have found my true calling. I am helping a group of young adults become the best they can be developing skills that will help them get the best from their lives. At CSP we pride ourselves on the fact that we always say yes. Every day we learn something new and we work as a team to learn skills that will make us all valued members of a community. We encourage the group to try new things; sporting activities , cooking something they may never have tried before; supporting local events; working in our CSP garden. Every day is different. The group are making huge leaps forward. Two of our guys have just secured volunteer work at the Walled Garden Restaurant in Tilgate Park. One of the team has just learnt to swim at the age of 25 which is amazing. And each week 3 of our members work alongside our CSP Garden Designer learning gardening skills. Who knows what will happen next. Just expect it to be loud, fun and inspirational.