“Before joining the BRIDGES project, Clare had never worked. After two months she has gained qualifications in care. She now has a job with career prospects; a huge achievement!”

Clare first met with BRIDGES project officer Yvonne in November. Up until then she had been caring for her partner who had a serious long term health condition for over 6 years. She was also a full-time mom to her 6 children, one of whom has ADHD.

These family commitments meant that Clare had never been in paid employment before. When she and her partner split up she realised that she would have to find work in order to make ends meet and provide for her family alone.

Clare hoped that the Bridges project would help her to gain the confidence and skills to look for suitable employment.

Before joining the BRIDGES project, Clare did not know what kind of work she would be suited to, where to look for vacancies or how to apply for them. After a skills analysis session, she believed that the health & social care sector would be a good choice.

She engaged in a range of pre-employment activities and completed relevant accredited training in order to feel confident enough to apply for a role in a residential care home.

Before Christmas, Clare was successful in gaining employment and is just awaiting a start date.