Building For My Future – Ayla’s Story

Ayla came to Ullswater with a lot of apprehension, and was hoping to just get through the week. But she discovered amazing courage and resilience, to not just survive the week, but enjoy it!

Two women paddle a boat on a lake

“My experience at the Ullswater Outward Bound Centre with Simple Life was truly special! As a young female who has suffered with bad mental health from the age of 13, I am someone who is quite introverted and so something like the Building For My Future trip was very much out of my comfort zone and was a huge step, not only for myself, but for my family too. However, with that being said, the support we received right from the off was amazing. Emails back and forth from Niamh in the weeks leading up to our trip were always very sympathetic and reassuring. My mum and I also had the opportunity to meet with Tiffany at the Building For My Future meeting, who we also found to be exceptionally pleasant, reassuring and accommodating.

“My first few days at the Outward Bound Centre were a massive struggle! I was extremely anxious, there were plenty of nerves and lots of tears. Without the support of Niamh and Tiffany, I would most definitely have fallen at the first hurdle.

“Going forward in the future, I know that taking different paths (even if they are out of your comfort zone) can absolutely lead to great success and I know that even when I’m put in the most stressful environments, I can overcome them and that is something to be proud of.”

“Every one of our activities definitely pushed me to my limits, especially those involving water as that was a huge fear of mine but this was something that Niamh and Tiffany were also very supportive of. The both of them were there every step of the way with constant reassurance which allowed me accomplish things I could never even imagine.

“I could not have expected anything more from the trip! I’m hugely grateful for being given the opportunity to join the first ever Building For My Future course, especially being slightly older than the age range in which the course specified. Not only did it teach me a lot in such a short space of time, but I also met amazing people and made unforgettable memories.

“Thank you to Niamh, Tiffany and all those at the Ullswater Outward Bound Centre for an unforgettable experience.”