Erin* was referred to the Make Your Move employment support service as her mild learning disability had meant she was struggling to successfully find work. However, she was really motivated to attend each session and actively participate in the groups and job club sessions.

Erin had an interest in childcare, and was already working alongside Gateshead Adult Learners to improve her grades in Maths and English to enable her to move onto the next level of childcare courses. Erin attended some of our service's drop-in sessions where staff supported her with designing targeted CVs and cover letters for some of her work experience and voluntary work applications.

Staff who supported Erin agreed that she demonstrated many personal qualities that make her ideal for working with children or in a caring capacity, and after a few weeks they were able to arrange a work experience interview in a nearby childcare facility. In the meantime, Erin was also offered a volunteering role at Your Voice Counts, a community group in Gateshead, supporting group activities and enabling others with learning disabilities to engage with their local community.  Erin was delighted with these new developments and looked forward to expanding her skills.

We have also supported Erin to apply for paid positions, and have hopes that her voluntary work and placement will provide the experience that will enable her to secure paid work.

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* This case study is from a real client of MHM, but the names have been changed and the photo has been staged by an actor to protect their privacy.