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Janet is back at work after 19 years

“Prospects is a good place to go for help and advice in getting back to work and in confidence building.”

08 May 2018

Janet is back at work after 19 years

Janet lives in Taunton and had not worked since 1999 before she started the Work Programme with Prospects.  Janet worked before she had children doing a range of jobs including working in a seaside kiosk, in a bakery, a furniture factory and a guest house. Although her children had now grown up, Janet found the prospect of work very challenging. Her self-confidence was low and she was not able to enter a shop on her own and found social situations difficult. 

Janet was assigned a personal adviser, Loretta, who helped her build up her confidence. Working individually and in group sessions Loretta used art therapy vision boards to help Janet to see what her future could hold. This coupled with activities to improve Janet’s social skills such as a treasure hunt and group job club boosted her confidence further. 

Having not worked for 19 years Janet also completed work related courses including digital skills, food hygiene, customer service and employability. Janet quickly learned new skills, but these courses also gave Janet certificates she could show a future employer. 

After eight months of support Janet was successful in gaining ten hours work over two days at the local Wetherspoon’s. She is now looking forward to increasing her hours and becoming fully independent. 

Speaking about her experience and her adviser, Loretta, Janet says: “She is excellent, good at her job and as a person very warm and understanding. We have worked side-by-side to achieve these results.

“Prospects is a good place to go for help and advice in getting back to work and in confidence building.”
 


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