Margaret first got involved with Grace Eyre through the Friendship Group, during lockdown. She was soon volunteering to help run groups and then running them when the leader was on holiday. Through this, she was recommended for Grace Eyre’s employment project and encouraged to apply for a position at Grace Eyre as Easy Read Officer, which she was successful in achieving in June 2022. A 10-week training course with Photo Symbols to support her role further developed her skills, helped her make new connections and brought an offer of additional external work. She also took part in Grace Eyre’s Trustee Training last year and has since become a trustee for Brighton and Hove Speak Out.
“The employment coach helped me with my application, CV, preparing for the interview and a mock interview. I was also asked to show a piece of work at the interview, which I had prepared in advance and showed I could do the role.
“Working at Grace Eyre has improved my confidence, especially when travelling and when things change. I really like my team who help me to plan ahead. I’m just so happy in my job!”
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