Samantha joined the Work and Health Programme in August 2019, she is now an Assistant Change Coach at Seetec Pluss. This is her journey in her own words…
“I had been suffering from a back injury after two spinal surgeries and a difficult history with domestic violence. I had been out of work for five years and was bringing up two daughters as a single mother.
My confidence was at an all-time low, I had help from a private physiotherapist and began to make progress with my back. I wanted to think about getting back to work to show my daughters that I could be a positive role model that they could look up to.
"I approached my local Jobcentre Plus and asked if I could have some help getting back to work. They told me about Seetec Pluss and asked if they would like me to be referred. I said yes!
"I was contacted by Seetec Pluss and was offered a welcome meeting. I was very nervous. I needn't have been - my Change Coach was very kind, understanding and quickly helped me to see myself as a worthwhile individual.
We discussed different opportunities, my underlying health concerns and my worries about gaps in my employment. I was enrolled in an interview skills course with Leanne who helped me further with my confidence and showed me how to speak positively about my past difficulties.
"I began applying for jobs and thanks to Simon's belief in me, my confidence began to increase. A job at Seetec Pluss became available for an Assistant Change Coach. Simon encouraged me to apply as it was a fantastic opportunity. I applied and had an interview - with the help from Leanne I felt I did well. I got the job!
"I felt over the moon to have been so lucky to have so much support from Seetec Pluss. To work for them and to be able to help others in the same position as myself is an honour.
"Once in work, the support from my Manager Allan Pook and my colleagues has been fantastic. I am now enjoying my work and looking forward to coming in each day to help make a difference to other people’s lives.
"I am also proud to be that positive role model for my two daughters. The impact on having a new career has been immense. I have confidence, I have made new friends, I am financially stable. My relationships with family and friends have improved, and my health is the best it’s been since before my surgeries.
"Thank you Seetec Pluss for believing in me and handing me my life back".
The Work and Health Programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund. Photos have been changed.