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Accelerate | Voluntary work helps local resident succeed.

A disabled Gainsborough resident has seen her confidence soar after successfully gaining voluntary work.

With support from our Accelerate project, Anna* was looking for courses and work experience that she could benefit from despite her disabilities and mental health problems.

And at 60 years old, Anna’s confidence had taken a knock as she thought getting back into a work environment was beyond her with her several barriers.

But, after meeting with our Customer Support Officer for Accelerate, Sharon, Anna was put at ease and her confidence began to grow thanks to Sharon’s support.

After identifying what Anna’s interests and skills were and where she’d like to gain more experience, Sharon worked with Anna to  improve her IT skills through a basic IT course and found a local employer who could offer her some work experience.

What initially started as a few days has now lead to four months of voluntary work which has seen Anna excel and gain her confidence back thanks to the Accelerate project finding her a disability friendly employer.

On her new found confidence, Anna said: “I’m so happy with the outcome of my referral into the Accelerate project.

“My confidence has improved and I’m continuing to learn throughout my time in my new role.

“Thank you for getting me up and going again!”

Customer Support Officer, Sharon Redfern said: “Accelerate is here to help anyone who needs that extra boost towards work.

“It’s not just about finding full time work for people. We also help people who just need that bit of extra support in finding a course, help with their CV or how to approach a job interiview.

“I’m delighted that Anna has found something that makes her happy and confidence.”

*name changed for confidentiality

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