My name is Lisa, I moved from my family home to live independently, supported and enabled by ubu last year. I went to college after I left school and completed a catering course. I was lucky enough to be chosen to try a new project run by the Local Authority called Project Search. It was a year-long programme where you are offered work placements and work trials to help get skills and experience. The goal is to attract prospective employers to offer paid and regular employment.
Due to various issues I experienced while taking part I found that I was struggling to fit in and wasn’t really achieving the benefits that the programme had promised. So sadly I had to leave. I was upset because I really wanted to find a job. But some of my social skills were poor, I didn’t have much confidence and how I reacted in difficult situations seemed to make achieving my goal impossible.
My ubu enabling team worked with me to look for opportunities to overcome my lack of experience and to build my confidence. One suggestion which got my attention was a course run by the local Fire Service for the Princes Trust.
These offered courses that were set up to help young people to get the best out of education, training opportunities and work experience. Like ubu they believe every person should have the chance to succeed.
So I went along to an initial meeting where we talked about what the course included and how this could help me with the skills I felt I was lacking. The course had been designed to help people with confidence building, improving communication, developing leadership skills and working as part of a team. This was exactly what I felt I needed to move forward in my life.
It was a challenging journey but with support from my enabling team it became so rewarding to succeed, I kept to my commitments and got it completed. The project included a residential course which was a little scary, but good fun too. Then we were asked to take part in a community project. My group worked on renovating some of the garden areas used by elderly residents in a local park.
When we had finished working on the site, the Mayor came along to open the new scheme. He declared it a job well done by everyone involved. I felt incredibly proud to have been a team member who contributed to the success of this worthwhile project. I have been awarded a certificate of achievement which was a very satisfying moment for me and for everyone who has encouraged and supported me to succeed.
My confidence and self-esteem have taken a huge boost from this experience. I’ve recently been offered an interview for an apprenticeship in catering, an area of work I know I would like to get involved in. With continued support from ubu, I’m feeling ready to take the next steps towards finding the right job for me and enjoying my place in the community.
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