Elizabeth Andrew from Stockport is blind in one eye and is managing deteriorating hearing. Although Elizabeth’s approach to life has always been to build on her strengths she struggled to find work.
"I am delighted to be working again and I want to inspire other people who are looking for employment and have a disability or health condition. Everyone at my new employers has been so helpful and friendly. I really feel part of the team and that my skills are valued. Being employed means that I can start to save and plan again for the things that I like to do."
A pilot project between Ingeus and APCOA Parking, an international company with an operating base in Wigan, is creating work opportunities for local jobseekers.
Kevin Irvine, a wheelchair user from Wigan, tried to find work for five years and sent more than 500 application letters in just seven months.
Rebecca Jackson, 19, from Heywood in Rochdale who has Asperger syndrome was unemployed for more than a year before getting support to move into work and to further improve her social interaction, interview skills and self-confidence.
You can join the Working Well (Work and Health Programme) by speaking to your JCP Work Coach at your next appointment.