Forty-four year old Davydd is a Joiner and Carpenter by trade. He had always enjoyed steady employment, up until two years ago, when he had a serious accident at work and his life changed dramatically.
Not one to wallow; Davydd is infectiously upbeat. His journey to a new career makes for an inspirational read and is a testament to his strength and determination. Here, Davydd shares his story with us.
“I should start by letting you know that I don’t live in the past. Whilst my accident was horrific, and I have to deal with the long-term effects from it every day, I’m not going to let it get me down, and I’m certainly not going to let it stop me doing what I’m good at.
“When I first learnt that my insurance would no longer cover me on construction sites because of the health condition I’ve been left with, I had a big decision to make about what the rest of my life was going to look like.
“I’ve always been good with my hands. I suppose that is why I worked with wood for so many years, so I think I knew right from the start that this was the foundation that I needed to build on.
“It was my daughter that first gave me the idea to go down the Massage Therapy and Reflexology route. I was rubbing her shoulders and she just turned to me and said ‘Dad, you are really good at that, you should do it as a job.’ And I thought - why not! I get to use my hands. I get to meet people. I get to heal people. It sounded perfect.
“I’m a born optimist, so once I have my mind set on something, I’m pretty good at believing it will happen and making it happen. I passed my Level 2 certificate in Massage Therapy this summer, and I’m on my way to achieving my Level 3. As soon as I have this, I can work for myself. I’m an ambitious person but since the accident I’ve had to learn to listen to my body as well as my drive and working for myself will mean that I have complete control over my environment and my wellbeing. It ticks all of the boxes for me.”
Davydd is continuing with his rehabilitation programme whilst driving his future forward with a new-found passion for a career in therapy. With a nomination for ‘student of the year’ already firmly under his belt, there really doesn't seem like anything is going to stand in his way
Davydd signed up to Working Win earlier this year. Supported by NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Department for Work and Pensions; Working Win is a free trial testing a new type of support for people with mental or physical health conditions that are affecting their work or their ability to find a job. If you live in South Yorkshire or Bassetlaw, you can learn more and refer yourself to the trial here.