Rachel’s Story

Rachel was referred to Tomorrows People in October 2014 by Faith in Families a Swansea based charity. Having taken 4 years out to bring up her son Rachel was now struggling to find, and keep, regular employment. She had previously found work but short contracts with variable hours took its toll on her. The uncertainty of not knowing how many hours she would be working and an unresponsive benefit system, had left her struggling with debts, waning self-confidence and a bleak outlook on the future. Numerous setbacks had left Rachel with little belief that things would get better for her and her little boy.

Rachel explains her motivation better than anyone one else; she says that

“All I want is to get a job, to have a bit more money for my son and for him to be brought up seeing me working”.

Her skills and experience are comparable to many her age but the fear of debt and failure was holding her back.

An individually tailored Personal Development Plan and regular one to one support from Tomorrow’s People has not only helped Rachel re-draw her CV so that she can present herself to prospective employers with a positive outlook that shines a light on her skills, talents and qualities, but has importantly helped her recognise herself as a bright, intelligent and extremely capable person.

Support to understand how in work benefits are organised, and a long term budgeting plan in place means she has a new found determination to succeed and a realisation that getting a job is only the start.

“Since I started with Tomorrow’s People I am now more positive and focused in the way I look for work and more hopeful that things will get better. I deserve it. My son deserves it.”

Rachel was offered a job last week.

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