Our Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) team in Liverpool recently received the below letter from Sylvia Stephens, one of the participants in the program.
“I don’t know how to start this review and my experience at MTC Liverpool.
Firstly, I am a little sad that I already completed my hours at MTC.
Secondly, I want to say that I was very depressed and with anxiety when I enrolled and started my classes, because I was working my entire life.
I was born in Spain, but because of the Spanish Civil War, my parents moved to South America when I was 3 years old. I started working when I was 8 years old, it was hard times, and my sister, my brother and I had to help the family.
I came to Australia with no knowledge of English at all, and the first years I was at home raising my children. When my children started primary school, I had a little time for myself and I enrolled at TAFE to study English to be able to work in this foreign country.
It was hard for a period of time, I studied different courses and my English improved, and I was very lucky and happy to find a job and start working again.
A few years ago, when I lost my job, my depression and anxiety returned.
At about that time, I was sent by Centrelink to Employment Services and then to MTC. I was disoriented and confused, because I felt useless and I wanted to go back to the workforce.
When I started my classes at MTC, the more I attended my classes the more I started to feel better. I learned many new things, I met wonderful people, I was involved in activities and I am back on track to do things again and feel useful.
MTC has helped me in many ways, and gave me the opportunity to put myself together.
Thank you MTC, but especially thank you Adisa, you are not just a teacher, but a wonderful human being, for understanding us and helping to make us feel good.
I hope to have the opportunity to come back to MTC in the future, as a student or as a volunteer to help others and to do and participate in activities.