His father, Richard, believes Realising Potential has proven to be the best thing James has ever been involved in.
It has allowed him to mix with different people of all ages and abilities, and it has most importantly made him more confident and outgoing.
As part of the Realising Potential syllabus, participants can choose to take up a volunteering role, which James has been undertaking for the past five weeks. He is now a volunteer for the Realising Potential junior’s multi-sport sessions.
James told us, “It’s great to be helping others whilst learning at the same time”.
Ellie Dickinson, our Realising Potential Officer echoed the thoughts of James’s parents, stating:
“I’ve seen a massive increase in his confidence and leadership skills. He’s become a vocal leader during volunteering sessions and has really found a passion for coaching the junior sessions as he’s now able to provide them with sessions he missed out on as a kid.”
Volunteering with Realising Potential has opened more doors for James. Darren noticed the impact and skills that James has showcased and subsequently brought him into the U16s pan-disability programme, working as a volunteer who helps deliver the sessions at Carrow Park on Thursday evenings.
Darren told us, “James is a great lad to have involved in our programmes and he has shown a willingness to try new things. This has enabled him to access coaching opportunities and assist our younger participants at sessions.”