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RESTART: There is always a hope

This is one of our participant’s stories on Restart, Dave* has been struggling with employment and emotional difficulties after his mother passed away last year. However, he was able to overcome some of the challenges and gained sustainable employment with immense support and help from one of our Employment Coaches. Dave tells his story and shares with us his journey first-hand. 

This is a thank you to Restart for helping me back into work quickly and efficiently after being unemployed for 5 years, and this certainly wouldn’t have been possible without the help from Vidas. After coming out of work due to personal reasons.

I certainly felt demotivated and the length of actual unemployment, while I was caring for my mother, would be a massive negative especially with it being 5 years. But through universal credit, I was advised to try a restart scheme, and like most thought, it wouldn’t help especially with my age and lack of current work experience.

I was allotted a work coach called Vidas and even from the first meeting I knew I wouldn’t be unemployed for long, his work ethic and drive and professionalism was infectious and he went above and beyond to give me the confidence and skills to find full-time employment, which may I say was fully down to him and was done within 3 visits to Restart.

So thank you, Vidas, for helping me find full-time employment in such a short space of time after being unemployed for so long, and I know you’ll continue to do that for many others and I’m so grateful that you were my work coach there’s surely non better.

 About the Restart Scheme

The Restart Scheme has been commissioned by the Department for Work & Pensions and will give Universal Credit claimants who have been out of work for between 12 to 18 months enhanced, bespoke support to find work in the West Midlands.

 The Scheme is part of the Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ and will break down employment barriers that could be holding them back from finding work. As a provider, Steps To Work are working with employers, local government and other partners to deliver tailored support for individuals.

 *The name of this participant has been changed to safeguard their identity.