Eleana had previously completed an Art Foundation degree and had some paid café work experience and volunteering experience. She had felt taken advantage of in previous paid roles, so decided to quit. Eleana’s mental health and self-doubt were also creating barriers for her to gain employment.

Eleana said:

“I was used to unemployed life as my life.”

She has since built her confidence through training at The Work Buddy Project and has enjoyed being given responsibilities that made her feel trusted.

Eleana said:

“I feel that I am more responsible as a person. I have more stamina at work. I feel more hard-working and aware of qualities needed for employment, for example, time-keeping.”

She has been offered paid work at Grace Eyre working on reception. As well as gaining employment at Grace Eyre, Eleana has also applied for a Level 2 Teaching Support course and is volunteering at local community events and organisations.

“I feel very good that I have a job, which will be good for me and my mental health.”

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