“Working Well has been a real Godsend to me. If it wasn’t for them I’d still be staring at the four walls of my flat.”
The programme supports people from all walks of life, whether long-term unemployed, recently made redundant, or facing challenges with disabilities or health conditions.
David, 34, has now given up his anti-depressants, and has studied for, and passed, seven different skills qualifications - ranging from fork-lift driving to warehouse working - with our Skills for Employment service.
He has also been reunited with his family and now spends lots of time with his partner and 10 month-old twin sons.
Said David: “I’d been on the sick for a long time and I was just fed up. I hadn’t been on a bus for over a year because I just couldn’t deal with people. I knew I had to do something about it and Working Well has kept me sane.
“It has given me so much confidence and helped me out so much. I would 100 per cent recommend anyone to try Working Well. I just need to get a job now.”
Working Well also helped GP Parma Stephens who found himself homeless after suffering a severe breakdown following a family bereavement.
With the help of his Key Worker Parma secured a volunteer placement as a receptionist supporting Working Well, Skills for Employment and the Work Programmes.
He has now completed his Level 1 qualification in Business Administration as well as an 8-week work placement with The Growth Company.
David and Parma’s stories are just two of the many successes from the Working Well initiative.