Let’s Get Working – our stories

Craig’s Story

Craig was referred to Let’s Get Working from a GP Surgery in Peacehaven with the aim of supporting him in to paid employment. Craig had a long term disability which affected his confidence and had previously sustained an injury to his right hand resulting in decreased dexterity. On joining the programme Craig did not have any work related experience, a CV or any qualifications; he had been unable to find suitable employment for the past three years. Utilising the in-house Employment Coordinator an Employer was identified; they were offering weekly work-trial opportunities for potential employees to access within Craig’s local area. Craig attended a CV writing workshop, interview training sessions with SCDA’s Trainer along with financial support which enabled him to attend the trial with Masona Plastics.

Craig said, “At the point of joining ‘Let’s Get Working’, my self-esteem and social life was at an all time low”. 

One month later, after successfully completing his trial and gaining an interview, Craig was offered a full time role within the company. He is now in a better place emotionally and financially and more able to spend quality time with his three year old daughter.

 

Belinda’s Story

Belinda learnt about Let’s Get Working from another professional service she was working with. Belinda had recently left a job of 10 years and her confidence had been knocked, she was unsure where to turn for support and felt like she wouldn’t gain employment easily. Belinda wanted support with building upon her confidence. With the support of the SCDA team on Let’s Get Working Belinda gained a new CV, accessed the IT suite and utilised the support of staff when applying for job roles, her confidence soared during this intensive 1 to 1 support. Belinda secured a voluntary placement with St Michael’s Hospice working in the day care services to keep herself busy and to learn new work based skills. After securing an interview for a job role Belinda undertook interview training as she felt she was out of touch having not interviewed for 10 years, she asked for support at interview from staff on Let’s Get Working to ease her nerves and provide moral support. The interview was successful and Belinda gained employment.

Belinda said, “I’ve appreciated the constant friendliness and the warm, welcoming environment at Let’s Get Working. They gave me hope and believed in me when I was low.”

In a little over a month Belinda completed work based skills, started volunteering and gained a job role. Belinda now works for 247 Taxis as a Passenger Assistant supporting children with educational or behavioural needs to and from school. Her manager has said “the staff have fed back that Belinda is really good and the children love her.”