David has been unemployed for 14 years. He referred himself to the BRIDGES ‘Grow for Work’ program at Ideal for All in August 2018 after meeting staff at a promotional event. 

Being out of work for a long time, David lacked self-confidence, had low self-belief and few opportunities to socialise with others. The team worked with David and, with encouragement, he attended weekly Job club and gardening sessions at Salop Drive Market Garden.

Support was tailored to meet his needs and aspirations, designed to help him overcome barriers to work. Working on a one-to-one basis and in group sessions, David began to achieve his goals. He improved his use of IT & job searching skills and became confident, optimistic and ready for the world of work. David enjoyed meeting other people which improved his social skills and a much-needed boost in his self-belief.

 “I have gained work experience, improved my well being and made new friends since attending. It has built my confidence which is something you need when being long term unemployed and I now feel ready to get back into work”