Raymond, who suffers with anxiety and depression is 63 years old and has been out of work for 44 years with his last job being when he was 19 years old.
Raymond has been volunteering in multiple charity shops for 20 years but has struggled to gain any paid employment. After working with employment support services in the past and getting nowhere Raymond began feeling disheartened when it came to chances of employment.
Raymond then came to Love London Working and worked with advisor Summer who helped him to overcome his confidence issues with various confidence building workshops. Summer also supported Raymond with job searches and application sessions which then led Raymond to gain an interview with Tubbingdon Primary School as a school cleaner which he passed with flying colours!
Raymond, who before used to be too nervous to make eye contact with his advisor now bounces through the door constantly smiling when coming to see Summer. As a result of working Raymond was able to buy himself a television and considers himself financially stable!
‘I have had many advisors in the past but Summer believed in me and helped me to believe in myself and my life has changed for the better. At my age I thought it was impossible to get a job. For the first time in 44 years I am in paid work and I am financially independent.
Well done Raymond!