'I feel totally at ease in Mariann's company and thank her for her time and experience' 

Mark joined the Bridges programme in January 2017. After nine months of being unemployed the Jobcentre referred him for support so that he could start the process of applying for jobs. At the age of 55 Mark found himself fearful of the unknown; He had previously been with the same employer since leaving school and had no concept of the current job search methods. The stability of Mark’s mental health requires daily medication and this combined with hypertension left his confidence at an all-time low.

Mark is the main carer for his parents who require much time and attention due to the fact that they are in their 80’s and coping with health problems of their own. With the help of the Bridges programme Mark has recorded his job responsibilities and work experience and started to put together a CV. Due to lack of confidence, he prefers 1 – 1 support. His progress has recently been temporarily halted while he organises the funeral of another close relative, but he knows the support is here when he is ready to pick up with it once again. Mark acknowledges that the Bridges programme has helped improve his confidence and self-esteem.

He is hopeful of starting to apply for jobs later on in the year.