The Butterfly Effect: Meet Josh

We’ve decided to call it the Butterfly Effect Series because the Theory put simply is…

“If a butterfly flaps its tiny wings somewhere on the planet sometime later in some other place a chain reaction will cause something interesting to happen.”

We feel that everyone’s small acts of kindness within The CHAOS Group makes CHAOS a better place and these acts can have a knock on effect to improving other peoples happiness.

Josh’s Story…

Josh has been working at Café CHAOS for eight weeks as part of the Positive People Programme funded by BL/ESF; you’ll probably recognise him by his huge welcoming smile. He’s recently taken a care apprenticeship with one of our partners Stayathome Cornwall and we look forward to following his journey, but don’t worry he should still be around to make you a coffee or two!

“I’ve got Speech Dyspraxia, Coordination Dyspraxia and Dyslexia, it gets on my nerves a bit. It affects me in work as it makes me really clumsy, CHAOS has supported me in the way I learn.

I was a builder and then I went to do chef work after that, a lot of my family wanted me to try working in care. I wanted to do care work because I feel like I have a bit of an understanding through my friends; some of them are blind and have a range of problems.

I have struggled to find work and find it especially hard to hold down a job as I’m a slow learner and people don’t really understand that it takes time for me to understand bits and bobs. Some places in the past have been a bit pressuring because they thought I needed to learn it there and then, but that’s hard for me because I don’t have the best of memories and it makes me stressed and causes me to freak out a bit.

I like working at the café because it’s really relaxed and it’s helped me a lot really, they’re really accepting in terms of where I want to go. It surprised me when they offered me an apprenticeship in care. It’s helped my mental health to be around people so accepting of me, I’m less stressed all the time and I’m a lot more chilled out.

I wouldn’t really ever consider anything to be a struggle because everything’s a can do.”