May 18, 2021
Clare from Warrington had taken a break to look after her mental health after completing a social work degree but felt that the time was right to pursue her dream job as a social worker. After listening to a talk about the programme from a New Leaf Mentor at a local community venue she decided to sign up.
Since starting with New Leaf, Clare’s confidence and self-worth has massively increased, partly because of weekly telephone and email appointments with her New Leaf Mentor but also her willingness to interact and develop her action plans.
“My mentor was great in helping me to discuss and explore my options and together we would make realistic action plans that would keep me focused. There was no pressure to complete the actions on the plan as long as I kept engaging my mentor she was happy with progress made. I felt as though I was in control, listened to and empowered to take control of my own life”.
In addition, Clare received money advice through Torus Foundation as well as accessing two remote confidence and reliance courses through Dial West Cheshire and Rainbow After the Storm. Clare also volunteered with her local church and Rise, a Warrington based mental health charity, as a peer mentor.
After all this hard work Clare has now secured employment as a ‘support worker’. Clare sees this as a step towards her dream career, which will allow her to apply for other roles within the organisation and further develop her specialist knowledge in ‘support networks and early family focused intervention work’.
“I have already helped my partner to sign up to the New Leaf programme and I know that she will get as much out of it as I did. I would also recommend that anyone who is stuck in a rut, wants a new challenge or just to improve their skills and confidence give this programme a try. Stay Positive , Work Hard and Make It Happen.”
If you have been inspired by Clare’s story and would like our help and support to pursue your dream job , then why not sign up to New Leaf today .
New Leaf can help get you on the right path to your perfect career.
New Leaf is led by Torus Foundation and is part of the building Better Opportunities Programme, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and The National Lottery Community Fund.