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Eric enters civvy street with support from Prospects

04 November 2016

Eric enters civvy street with support from Prospects

Celebrating veterans this remembrance dayIn the second of our series of stories from veterans to mark Remembrance Day, Simon, a former Royal Marine talks about his work helping veterans . He has inspired more than 400 people to develop their potential since joining Prospects, the employment, education and training company, in 2012. Simon is a personal adviser for the government’s Work Programme, supporting people who have been out of work for more than 12 months.

Simon’s wealth of experience and understanding into the barriers faced by ex-servicemen and women made him the best person to work with Eric* as he faces civilian life.

Eric has been on employment and support allowance after he was unable to continue doing close protection work after leaving the service. Simon worked with Eric to improve his confidence and self-esteem. Working together, Simon’s common sense approach and genuine understanding of Eric’s situation helped Eric to overcome his mental health barriers and supported him with the physical health issues he was facing.

Eric’s physical health issues from service continue, as these can often never be overcome, but he is now in a position to understand what is best for him by way of prospective employment and hours he needs to work. Simon also helped Eric to access support from other organisations including the Royal British Legion, Poppy Factory and Help for Heroes.

Eric is now hoping to return to work within the security sector after completing the required SIA qualifications with Prospects. Eric has had interviews through the Poppy Factory and local employers he has engaged with, and has been offered flexible hours to suit him.

Like many, but not all, service personnel, Eric and Jen faced a number of barriers often associated with veterans after leaving service including poor mental and physical health, histories of substance misuse, homelessness, a lack of self-belief and esteem. To help them and others Simon uses a number of the skills he acquired in the Royal Marines including motivation, determination, personal development, presentation skills, professionalism, team ethos, coaching and mentoring. Simon also uses his own softer skills of empathy, encouragement, cheerfulness, courage and adaptability.

Prospects delivers the government’s Work Programme across the South West, supporting people who are long term unemployed back into meaningful work. Visit for more information or contact Simon at

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Notes to Editor

About Prospects
The Prospects Group provides tailored education, employment, training and care products and services for people at all stages of life. Each year Prospects inspires more than 500,000 people to develop their potential and transform their lives. More than 1,400 professional and skilled colleagues provide practical support to the local communities they are based in across the UK and internationally. Prospects is one of the largest employee owned companies in the UK. It is also a Leader in Diversity and ranked in the top 100 index by the National Centre for Diversity.

Media contact:
Alona de Havilland
PR Manager
07790 803882 or 01823 362804

Jayne Runacres
Senior Communications Manager
020 8315 1023 or 07901 922211

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