Back into employment after 25 years

I came to Mosaic Clubhouse, in January 2017, after being hospital for a number of years. I had not worked properly in the community for about 25 years. Quite quickly I got a Transitional Employment Placement (TEP), in a Hospital Kitchen at the Cambian hospital, in February 2017 and began work for two 4 hour shifts per week. 

I didn't know if I could do it. I didn't have much confidence in myself. I had always thought that work was a thing of the past and that I was on benefits for the rest of my life. At the age of 58, I thought that was it.
 
After years in hospital I had become grossly overweight, after leading a sedentary life style, overeating and lack of exercise. Then about a year before I started coming to Mosaic Clubhouse, I had an operation called a Gastric Bypass. I had my stomach clamped off and the surgeon made me a small stomach about the size of a small child and I lost 8 stone in weight over the following nine month. This gave me the confidence to start going to Mosaic Clubhouse. 

 

"I didn't know if I could do it. I didn't have much confidence in myself. I had always thought that work was a thing of the past"

The staff at Mosaic encouraged me to apply for the job and together with Angela, I filled out the forms. I was very nervous and reluctant to apply for the job because I had a criminal record, from when I was younger and addicted substances.
 
But in the end I did get the job and started work for 8 hours per week. Now at the end of my TEP, I have been given a permanent part-time position in the kitchen. So, thank you Angela and all the staff at Mosaic Clubhouse, for having confidence in me and pushing me forward, when I needed pushing. And then stepping back at the right time to let me do the work and represent Mosaic Clubhouse and their good name

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about getting experience working in our Café & Maintenance unit please contact us and find out how to become a member at Mosaic Clubhouse.
More information on out Transitional Employment Programme is available here.  

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