Sam is an Employment Adviser at The Bridges Community Trust, in the Meadows, I met her last week and she really wanted to share her story…
I really struggled to get a job as I was a single parent with little or no work experience. My Employment Adviser at The Bridges Community Trust suggested I volunteered in order to gain the experience I needed. From January 2018 I volunteered at The Bridges Community Trust as a Receptionist. So, I made the twenty-minute bus journey nearly every day to better myself, but I also enjoyed the fact I was helping staff and clients too.
I gained confidence and overcame barriers I didn’t even realise I had. Four months later the manager offered me a paid part time role as an Administrator. I accepted, I loved the support and confidence she had in me, more faith in me than I did in myself. For the next two years I worked as an Administrator but also gave support to the Employment Advisers where clients attend to get help with CVs and job application forms, some of whom rarely had any basic computer skills.
In December 2019 I was offered a full-time paid role as an Employment Adviser helping people over 30 in to work and giving basic support.
I feel so proud and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my family or the support from everyone at The Bridges Community Trust.
If I have learnt anything over the last few years, it’s that you can be anything you set your mind to.
For the last 20 years, The Bridges Community Trust has helped hundreds of local people get back into work and to realise their potential in all aspects of their life. Visit their website or contact them on 0115 671 0200