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Catherine's Story

Catherine's Story

Catherine is looking forward to a brighter future for herself and her two children

Catherine’s story

It was the Children, Family & Wellbeing team who put me in touch with Steve from Key for employment support.  I have two children and my eldest child has autism and learning difficulties. I’m lucky though because I do have a lot of support around me but I sometimes I struggle with my mental health and I have a condition that affects my mood. 

 

What I like about Steve is that he’s never looked down his nose at me.  He’s always given me lots of encouragement and praise.  I don’t get on with my mum and I’ve just lost my dad so having someone like Steve to support me has really helped.  I feel that Steve is always available, he always picks up the phone.  He never judges me and I feel comfortable with him.  He has given me practical support like helping me with college and giving advice about which jobs to go for.  I have difficulty writing sometimes and have low confidence. Steve makes me feel like I can do it, whatever it is, and he makes me feel positive about myself and my abilities.

 

I’m starting a job at the end of this month as a Support Worker helping adults with disabilities.  I’m really looking forward to starting work because I am hoping this role will give me a better understanding of my own son’s needs.  I have had other jobs before cleaning and in a call centre but they weren’t right for me.  I’m really hopeful this job is the one that will mean a new career and a brighter future for myself and my children.