Andrew was out of work and struggling to find a new job role, and was referred to Good Work by his Care Coordinator at the Hatfield Health Centre in March. Andrew, who lives in Doncaster, has experienced periods of depression and problems with his mental health throughout his life and has spent some time in hospital to support his recovery.
He worked with Bobbie, his work and enterprise coach, and Leanne, his Community Psychiatric Nurse, on his journey to find good work.
Bobbie worked with Andrew to add structure to his day, and to set goals. Bobbie also provided debt and benefit advice, and support for Andrew to apply for an Access to Work grant, which helped to alleviate some of his worry about paying for his mortgage.
“I’d got a mortgage to think about as well and that was quite worrying and quite stressful being out of work whilst having bills to cover.”
Andrew and Bobbie then went on to identify suitable jobs that both matched his skills and were something that he would enjoy. They also worked on improving Andrew’s CV, developing his interview skills, and increasing his confidence.
To ensure that Andrew had transport for work, Bobbie and Andrew successfully applied to the South Yorkshire Wheels2Work scheme and received the loan of a scooter for six months. When everything was in place, Andrew quickly became successful in being selected for interviews.
The role is ideal for him, as he likes to be on his feet and busy all the time – a real people person. Andrew feels very positive about the future and very proud about getting back into work. His goal for the future is to secure a permanent job as a Warehouse Operative, which will give him the security he is looking for.
“I’m most proud of getting back into work, because there were times when I didn’t think I could do it.”