Christian has participated in four placements since August 2021, Grace Eyre reception, Stay Up Late Public Living Room, Fabrica Gallery and Grace Eyre’s allotment.

Christian is pictured above at the Stay Up Late Public Living Room at Hove Methodist Church where he has been Lead Volunteer.

At reception I was checking stock room, answering phone, stamping letters. It is important to keep the building going. It has been good working with staff.”

Stay Up Late hub has been good. I make teas, coffees. I chat and engage with clients, I have made friendships and got better leaderships skills as I am the lead volunteer.”

At Fabrica I walk around the gallery signing people in on the computer. I work in the shop. I have better administration skills and feel more confident speaking to customers. I enjoyed working at Fabrica the most, meeting new people. I liked the art projected on a screen on the ceiling – a lot of hard work goes into putting the artwork on show. I would recommend working at Fabrica.”

At the allotment I did weeding, learnt how to grow plants and how to work as a team. And I enjoyed it”.

Christian has supported the creation of training videos for job interviews, giving feedback on scripts and attending script read sessions.

“I liked learning how to read scripts. I would like to potentially look at opportunities to do acting in the community.”

Christian has built good resilience when approaching employers about work experience opportunities, and job rejection is something he has highlighted as a challenge.

“The biggest challenge has been placements not responding because they are not interested. I want to push myself this year with more placements. I want to get more clients to come to the community hub, helping with advertising. I would also like to do a radio station placement.”

Christian has shown interest in learning new skills, taking part in first aid training and showing an interest in media courses at the college.

For more information about Grace Eyre’s Employment Project, call 01273 201 909 or email Evie Halligan, Job Coach Team Leader, ehalligan@grace-eyre.org.

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