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Stephen on returning to work 

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Jul 2016

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I started my first job in over four years on 25th January, 2011. I am now working part-time as a support worker with adults who have autism. Previously I have been existing on sick/disability benefits and had a prolonged period of of work due to mental illness, stress and anxiety. Having had a number of years away from the normal daily routines of life, I had time to do a lot of introspection and reflection on my own life, which made me realise that I had probably suffered from stress and anxiety ever since I was a child.

Despite being unemployed for many years, I have always done voluntary work for a host of voluntary organisations in the social/welfare field, usually in the capacity of support or advocacy worker. Looking back at my own voluntary work, I view it as one of the most crucial steps I took to aid my recovery in terms of my own mental health and in terms of eventually getting back into work. In addition, the voluntary work gave me some semblance of routine and a social life.

The second crucial step I took to recover and get back to work was making an appointment to see my disability work advisor who was both empathetic and supportive and who referred me to "Landau".

It is Landau and in particular Zoe at Landau who have supported me and encouraged me along the way as I took my third step in my journey jack into work. I have been helped by Landau in a number of ways. In terms of looking for work I have been able to utilise the computers at Landau in Wednesebury to search job websites for vacancies. However, more importantly that the facilities Landau offered me was the support, assistance and time. Landau staff have helped me get back into work. Where their staff stand out is their commitment to provide support to the unemployed who have disabilities both prior to looking for work, during the work search period, and after the securing of a job. In particular, for myself, Zoe helped me get through the difficult and complicated transition period from being on benefits, to starting my job. I had for example a long transition period due primarily to having to wait for my enhanced CRB check to be completed before I could start work, and a number of benefit-related issues arose out of this, which Zoe helped me to resolve. Equally as important to me now I am in work, has been Zoe's support in resolving in-work issues. She has been available via the phone for me to consult when issues have arisen which I have been unsure about.

Landau as an organisation have through their support reassured me and increased my confidence and self esteem, and have made it possible for me to re-enter the world of work without the fear and anxiety that would have existed otherwise.

Thank you all so much for dealing with me in a person-centred way.

Stephen on returning to work - February 2011

2016-07-13T13:33:14+00:00

Stephen on returning to work - February 2011

I started my first job in over four years on 25th January, 2011. I am now working part-time as a support worker with adults who have autism. Previously I have been existing on sick/disability benefits and had a prolonged period of of work due to mental illness, stress and anxiety. Having had a number of years away from the normal daily routines of life, I had time to do a lot of introspection and reflection on my own life, which made me realise that I had probably suffered from stress and anxiety ever since I was a child. Despite being unemployed for many years, I have always done voluntary work for a host of voluntary organisations in the social/welfare field, usually in the capacity of support or advocacy worker. Looking back at my own voluntary work, I view it as one of the most crucial steps I took to aid my recovery in terms of my own mental health and in terms of eventually getting back into work. In addition, the voluntary work gave me some semblance of routine and a social life. The second crucial step I took to recover and get back to work was making an appointment to see my disability work advisor who was both empathetic and supportive and who referred me to "Landau".
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