Rhianne has always wanted to have her own paid job. Once we started our Step Up for Work programme, she was one of the first people to join – eager to build her skills and move towards employment. The programme began with 12 workshops focussed on work skills including time keeping, interviews and cleanliness. Rhianne then progressed to a supported work placement at Minstead Lodge where she did cleaning and serving front of house.

When the time came to apply for her first paid job, Rhianne was supported by our job opportunities mentor to write her application, prepare for interview and undertake the interview itself. Once she was successful, we worked with her new employers, Paulton’s Park, on any adjustments needed for Rhianne to carry out her role.

‘It has been a brilliant year.

‘I have started work at Paulton’s Park in the restaurant, it’s going really brilliant. I do it Friday and Sunday and we are seeing how it goes to see if I will do more days. It is my very first paid job.

‘Lockdown has not been too bad, my support workers have helped me get used to things.

‘I missed not being able to go out and do my shopping a little bit.

‘I’m feeling happy about things now.’

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