Getting Qualified

Erin was referred to ESRA on a Programme supporting clients at risk of losing their homes and she had 2 young children and had not worked for some while. Erin had no family and friends living in the area so was feeling isolated.

Together we identified that Erin lacked some basic qualifications and she agreed to enrol on a Maths and English course at College. She is proud to have passed both courses and has enrolled on another Maths course surprising herself.

It was suggested that to raise her confidence that she might consider volunteering, and ESRA referred her to the Aspire Project (Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead). Erin had an informal meeting with them discussing her interests and sensitive information and it was agreed that she may benefit working supporting elderly people.

She was accompanied to a day centre for the elderly, where she was introduced to staff and clients and fairly quickly she started fitting in. The manager saw a keen and eager person wanting to do their best and learn new things.

She now volunteers there 2 days per week and has got to know the client group really well and say’s that they are her family.  It won’t be long until Erin finds paid work as she now has the confidence and increased skill set to find employment. She also has a new home.

ESRA – Employment Manager
August 2017