“I wish to thank the team at Gloucester Street Community Centre for supporting me on this project they have been very, very helpful. The Bridges Project has been encouraging and I have got a job now, thank you.”

Anthony joined the project early January 2017 after being unemployed for 5 months. In the past he had a life threatening illness but has overcome those challenges and feels he still has a lot to contribute.

He took early retirement as a result of his illness and receives a company pension. However, he has reached a point in life where he still wishes to work and remain active.

He started volunteering as a driver for our After-school Club service here at Gloucester Street Community Centre and he has been a pleasure to work with. During that time he has gained valuable, relevant and current experience in this field of work.

He also attended a number of 1-1 coaching sessions and received support with job search activities. After several interviews and by building his confidence and self esteem, Anthony has now successfully secured a permanent job as a driver based in Walsall.

Anthony has shown his gratitude for the help and support provided through the Bridges project by continuing to volunteer for us 2 mornings per week during term time. He has enjoyed the experience of working in this type of setting and appreciates all the help received by the Bridges Project team based at Gloucester Street Community Centre. He said the staff have been very helpful and thanks them for what they have done.