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Facing multiple barriers

“In the past, I’ve had some difficult experiences in the workplace, that have been exacerbated by the state of my mental health. I was recently diagnosed with OCD, after struggling with other similar conditions for the last few years. I was also laid off from my job at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, which hasn’t been helpful, to say the least.

“I am therefore delighted to be part of the Work and Health Programme run by Seetec Pluss. The programme’s Café Info sessions have been a lifeline; it’s a lovely and informal way to share my inspirations with others and get motivated to look for work.

Progress at his own pace

“Each week, I feel like I’m being given a leg up, and I can give the same back to others. Knowing that I also have 15 months with an Employment Coach, and with access to such a wide range of support, has actually made me want to do more towards finding a career. It hasn’t slowed me down. I feel happy knowing that there is no pressure to rush straight into work and I can take as much time as I need.

“Ironically, I have already found work on a temporary contract! This will give me a decent income and allow me the chance to try something new. In fact, I hope that with the support of the scheme and my Employment Coach, I will be more likely to apply for things that I might have previously thought I wasn’t good enough for. I also hope to find a career that I can settle into, and finally get the stability and the independence that I have been seeking for a long time.”

Inspired by Sam’s story? Visit our Work and Health programme page for more information on how you can be supported.

The Work and Health Programme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund. Stock image used.

Area: Hampshire

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