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.
“I attended the Ingeus office and felt straightaway that the advisors focussed on my abilities. My legs might not work so well, but my brain and arms do. My job search has paid off and l love working at Morrisons. My message to everyone looking for work and living with a health condition or disability is not to give up. Get some effective help and encouragement like I found with Ingeus and keep on trying.”
A pilot project between Ingeus and APCOA Parking, an international company with an operating base in Wigan, is creating work opportunities for local jobseekers.
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.
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.