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Building Better Opportunities – Good News Story – Annie Lavender

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects. Building Better Opportunities is a National Lottery and ESF funded project designed to tackle poverty and promote social inclusion throughout Worcestershire, this project is proud to tell you the story of Annie Lavender.

Annie joined Building Better Opportunities on the recommendation of her Work Coach at the Job Centre. Annie is a mother of two young girls and was looking to return to work, as she enjoys the interaction and independence that it gives her.

Through Building Better Opportunities, Annie developed her CV further so that she felt it was really selling her skills to employers. She developed a skill for writing specific cover letters for each job she applied for and built up her confidence and motivation. We explored Annie’s aspirations and she decided on a short term career goal, whilst also researching her long term aspiration of becoming a Midwife by collecting information on college access courses and university courses, something that she hopes to pursue once her children are both at school.

Annie knew that in the short term she wanted to find a role that would fit around the childcare was available to her. We completed a better off calculation with a variety of scenarios and this gave her the confidence to focus on applying for part-time roles in hospitality or retail, knowing that she would be better off in work.

Annie has now gained employment as Kitchen/Breakfast Staff at The Mill Barns in Alveley. She was over the moon at getting back into work so that she can provide for her daughters and be a role model in the way that she has always wanted to.

Annie says of the support she has received: “BBO is fantastic and has really helped me to gain confidence. Refreshing my CV and understanding how to write cover letters has made a big difference to how I job search. I am pleased to have researched Midwifery courses and still aim to pursue this in the future, however, I am very happy to have gained employment in my current role as it suits me perfectly at the moment. Without the help of my Job Coach Jo, I don’t think I would have a job now. She gave me the motivation to push forward and achieve my goals.”

If you or anyone you know would benefit from the support of a dedicated Job Coach who will work with you to build on your own strengths and abilities to gain the confidence and skills to move into work, please get in touch now, we are waiting to hear from you.              

For more information, please call 01562 733133 or email jobscoach@vestia.org.uk.


Published - 02 Jul 2018

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