A single parent with two children, Aleksandra suffered with depression and wasn’t sure what steps to take to find the right job.
She was signposted to the GREAT Project by her work coach at the job centre, and at Aleksandra’s initial meeting with her employment support officer (ESO), they discussed the courses and support available to obtain her goal of finding a job. Aleksandra felt positive that the one-to-one support she was receiving from her ESO would help her overcome the difficulties and anxieties she was facing.
Aleksandra attended a 3 day confidence building course and discovered skills she had forgotten she possessed which increased her confidence greatly. This course is aimed at participants that struggle with their confidence and self-esteem as it encourages them to talk and engage with one another, bringing them out of their comfort zone.
Aleksandra reflects on the training she received with the GREAT Project:
I proved to myself that my English is not that bad. The course reminded me about skills I already had but I hadn’t used them for a long time. I had a really great time and had lots of fun, it was a huge step for me.
Alongside this, Aleksandra attended the GREAT Project work club, receiving support in writing her CV completing applications forms and interview preparation.
She felt that the GREAT Project had provided a support system for her, from helping Aleksandra with job searching to exploring other opportunities. Aleksandra found she was happier, with more energy and feeling more optimistic about the future.
After completing her time on the project, Aleksandra found employment at Leicester Royal infirmary as a Combined Services Coordinator.
Speaking of her time on the project, Aleksandra said:
Thank you to my ESO for her patience, optimism and support, she never gave up on me. I would recommend the project to everyone.
Yachna, Aleksandra’s ESO said:
She is an inspirational woman and I am super proud of her and how far she has come in just 6 months. She will be a great asset to her team and I wish her all her all the best in the future!