Jonathan Monk has been a Teamwork Trust member for three years and has recently completed the the SEMLEP ‘Building Better Opportunities’ project, funded through the European Social Fund and the National Lottery's Big Lottery Fund. He said: “I really enjoyed thinking about the types of jobs I wanted to do and came up with some ideas to work in a warehouse or as a shop assistant. I have also volunteered at a local hospital too which I liked. I would just like to work as part of a team and feel valued.”

For Jonathan confidence was a big focus so he received support to help him overcome his anxiety. Samantha said: “Jonathan and I spent a lot of time working on his interview techniques and I also helped him during his work placements so that he felt more at ease. When he said he wanted to go along to an open day at a local hospital I helped him prepare for the interview, induction and training too. Jonathan is actually very proactive and likes putting himself forward when he feels settled in a situation, so I knew it was important to help him feel that way in the workplace.”

Jonathan, who has also achieved or is working towards recognised qualifications in literacy, numeracy, IT and food hygiene added: “In a year’s time I see myself being better skilled and in paid work. I have big goals I am working towards.”

More on the 'Building Better Opportunities' project HERE.

If you have learning difficulties or know someone who has and would like to access employment please email Samantha Farrow: [email protected], for more information.