Media Release: New lease of life for disabled youngsters at Dirrans Crew

THE lives of 12 young disabled people have been turned around in only 24 hours as a result of an innovative new training course.

Begins a spokesperson: “Young people, who often felt shy, isolated or with low self-esteem were transformed into confident, positive people who can accomplish anything they set their minds to.

“The group attended the Illumination Course over 12 weeks where they were encouraged to contribute their views and opinions and express themselves freely.

“One participant said: ‘We have been to different groups throughout the years and haven’t felt welcome or been able to speak our own mind but here is completely different!’

“The Illumination Course, developed and delivered by Carol Brown of Cazbro Coaching, is a modular personal development course based on life coaching models and principles which can be modified to suit a wide range of participants.

“The course encourages participants to take ownership of their behaviours, attitudes and actions thereby developing self-sufficiency and self-esteem.

“It has been used successfully with a diverse range of clients including local authorities, youth groups, NHS, criminal and community justice services, schools, colleges, charities and small businesses.”

Carol commended the group. She said: “These young people deserve to be recognised for their efforts in tackling some difficult issues and for having the courage to be open and honest about themselves and their experiences.

“Over the weeks, I’ve seen participants blossom and build in confidence.

“I’ve been very impressed by the way they have approached their challenges.”

Group members said: “The course helps you to learn about yourself through activities, assignments and discussions which are exciting and fun. It’s a relaxed, friendly and social atmosphere. We’ve been given tools which can be applied in different situations in different ways; overcoming obstacles, building relationships and friendships, decision making, communication skills. We can handle whatever life throws at us.”

And all of this in only 24 hours!

Not all at the one time, the group has been meeting weekly for two hours – “It’s the highlight of the week!”

“We also wanted to show that we can make positive contributions to our community and decided to undertake a glass art project. We each made a personal glass plaque with the guidance of Brad from Kiss My Glass who gave us an insight into the glass making process.”

By the sound of things there is so much more to come for the Dirrans Crew.

“This is just the first of many plans we have for ourselves and our group and we’re ready for the next challenge.”


  • Photographs of group, individual participants and glass plaques are available.
  • Option of Individual stories/case studies.
  • The group would be happy to share their experience with a wider community if you think this piece would be of interest and would like to use this material.
  • Additional information is available.
  • For information contact: Carol Brown Email: Tel:  07803 172 198

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Contact: Carol Brown
Phone: 0780 172 198