Jagjeet has been working as a full-time carer for her mum. After several years she felt she needed a change and to try something new. While browsing her Facebook, she saw an advert for the Connecting Communities programme designed to help people find work. Interested in the support available, she completed a contact form.
Shortly after responding to the advert, she was put in touch with Kate who became her mentor on her journey to employment.
Kate supported Jagjeet to start Level 1 English & Maths. She then joined a Click Start programme to improve her IT skills. This was followed by a volunteering role at the Rycroft Centre, packing and delivering food parcels to the most vulnerable.
Kate says: “The work experience at Ryecroft was just to give Jagjeet a taste of what it is like to work with new people, in a different environment. It is safe to say, she loved it.”
When asked about the favourite parts of the experience, Jagjeet immediately said: “Going out, meeting new people and increasing my confidence”
After the spell at Ryecroft, Kate helped Jagjeet to secure work experience in administration at Walsall College.
Jagjeet continues: “Kate has been a wonderful supporter throughout. I don’t have any friends or family members in Walsall. Kate did not know me and decided to help me, which was great”
She then adds: “The work experience at Wisemore has definitely helped me the most with boosting my confidence”
Jagjeet is now in the process of applying for an apprenticeship and is continuing her education at the college, studying English & Maths at the next level.
Kate finishes our conversation with the words: “It’s amazing how a single decision can open up so many new opportunities.”
Find out more about the Connecting Communities programme here.