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A year ago, Anne* was struggling with anxiety and had been made redundant from her job. Anne knew she needed to get back into employment but didn’t have the confidence to start. This is when Anne met Jackie Berriman, Employment Advisor from Ways to Work, an employment programme run by Newground Together, part of Together Housing Group.

Anne said, “Last year, when I first met Jackie, I was very unwell with anxiety. I found it difficult to leave the house and I had no idea how I was going to stay in work. I wanted to improve how I coped with my anxiety and get back into employment. Jackie helped improve my confidence by working with me on interview skills and applying for jobs.”

As an Employment Advisor, Jackie tailors her service for each client in order to get the best results, “When working with Anne I took into consideration her anxiety and thought about what job would be right to ease her back into employment. By doing this it was more likely that Anne would stay in employment which would boost her self-esteem.”

When Jackie found out about a part-time cleaning position, she thought it would be the perfect fit for Anne and Anne agreed. “The part time job Jackie found was a great option for me” said Anne, “It meant I could work in the afternoons as my anxiety could be worse in the morning and with smaller hours, I could build up my confidence working again. After working there for a while my anxiety and confidence improved.”

Anne worked in this part-time role for a year and is now looking to the future, “I am now starting a new job as a full-time carer in a care home. I didn’t think in a million years that I would be in a full-time job! Working with Jackie was helpful, and the job she found was the first small step in a bigger plan – I can’t wait to take the next step!”

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*Name has been changed at the client’s request.

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