“I really am looking at the world from a different perspective. Forever thankful for all the support and the people I’m going to meet on my new journey.
"They believed in me - so that I now believe in myself. My life is starting again. So exciting and I can’t wait. So really, thank you. Until next time all!”
Wonderful words from Rosie who has secured a key worker role as a casual Medical Laboratory Assistant! She was also been selected as bank staff for farm work!
Rosie’s Work Coach in Taunton referred her to the Work and Health Programme with the aim of getting support to change careers.
Prior to this, Rosie had led a very active and sociable life, including travelling, water and outdoor activities and capturing the love of life with the medium of photography. She was working in South Devon in a busy café… until a life-changing moment and her life had to change.
During meeting with her Change Coach, she discussed an idea as training as a Forest School Assistant, which would still enable her to be active, outdoors and take care of her health.
Her Change Coach worked closely with her and encouraged her. They looked at local courses and funding options and, with the help of Positive People, Rosie secured funding for her course.
During her studies, Rosie worked as a voluntary gardener at St Margaret’s Hospice and volunteered at a local Forest school where she was studying, giving her up-to-date work skills and helping to keep her motivated.
In March 2020, Rosie completed her qualification at forest school and made the decision to study further including horticulture and permaculture. From this, Rosie was looking for work and a new career in South Devon, an area she has lived and worked before and where she felt truly independent and could explore her new life. Rosie received travel funding to attend a local job fair and started to receive support for securing part-time work in the area.
Then, Rosie plans were suddenly put on hold due to COVID-19 measures and she decided to remain with her parents for the duration of the crisis.
Not to be deterred, Rosie decided she would like to work during the COVID-19 measures. She had a passion for helping during the crisis and wanted to save money for her eventual move to South Devon.
Her Change Coach and Job Progression Coach have worked with her on a remote basis to support her and identify work opportunities.
This has paid off and Rosie was delighted to secure a key worker role as a casual Medical Laboratory Assistant via a friend! She was also been selected on the Concordia bank staff database for farm work.
Huge congratulations, Rosie.
The Work and Health Programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund.