Eleanor was referred to the work and health programme with many barriers, she has Dyslexia, Autism and Fibromyalgia and when she joined, her confidence was also very low. Below her Employment Coach, Mel share’s Eleanor’s inspiring  journey using her creativity to move forward and closer to work.

Employment Coach Mel:

“When Eleanor first started to attend appointments her confidence was so low, to the point that she had to be seen in a private room. Since then, she has attended workshops to support her anxiety and confidence building.

“Eleanor is artistic and has a love of crafts and before joining Work and Health she was attending group sessions for arts and crafts. As her confidence grew, she attended more art groups including crochet and macramé.

She then began to attend the Wednesday café workshops where peer to peer support is offered and Eleanor could use her creative skills to contribute and support others

“Work and Health have also been able to support Eleanor with practical skills workshops encouraging her to work with Word, Excel and PowerPoint which will continue to support her  employability journey.

“Eleanor’s confidence has improved so much,  that she was able to volunteer at a local art exhibition. She helped set up and manage the displays and talked to visitors about the art work, including her own art work that she had created for the event. I was delighted to hear that her own art work was also chosen as the poster to promote the exhibition!

“The art work is a powerful picture that depicts how Eleanor felt growing up and the lack of support she received with her Learning Disability and Autism”.

Eleanor said

“I am feeling much more confident about the future, with less barriers to overcome. I have achieved a lot more than I thought I could”

Amazing Eleanor well done

Area: Plymouth

The Work and Health programme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund.



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