Joanna is a single parent and was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and felt very isolated, which was heightened by the lockdowns and being in a new home. She was referred to Good Work by Doncaster Social Prescribing, and was also accessing support from IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies).
Joanna wanted to find a job with flexible hours so that she can still look after her son and be independent. Vicki, Joanna’s Work Coach, and Joanna worked together to create a new cover letter and polish up her CV. Vicki also helped to identify areas of work that might be suitable and sent Joanna a Community Connector job opportunity at a voluntary organisation in Doncaster. They worked together to apply for the job and Joanna was selected for an interview.
She is now a few weeks into the job and is enjoying the flexibility of the role, getting to know the community, and meeting new people.
“My life has changed drastically; I was sitting at home not seeing anyone and now I’m finally working, and I’ve got friends – I’m hardly ever home and I love it!”
Joanna is also enjoying being better off financially, and has already taken her son to the funfair twice and looking forward to doing many more activities together.