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Celebrating a new job with Brandon Trust's help

Matt and his colleaguesThis is Matthew, who we support in Dursley, Gloucestershire. His hard work searching for paid employment has been successful because he’s now proudly landed a new job as a care home kitchen assistant.

He said: "Finding the right job was a lot harder than I thought, but I kept trying. Eventually, I got offered the right job for me. I love my job and I love my life."

Our team supported Matthew with creating a CV, which he gave out to town employers. He also joined Brandon Trust’s weekly job club, run in conjunction with Gloucestershire County Council Forwards Team, to gain extra work skills. He did voluntary roles for experience and attended interviews, taking on board feedback.

Brandon Trust’s social inclusion project leader Samantha Mullaney said: "He has settled in amazingly to his new job. I’m delighted his hard work and determination has paid off. Well done Matthew."

Matthew’s new manager Sian Sparrow added: "Henlow Court is part of The Orders of St John Care Trust, a charity and not-for-profit organisation. We are a 40-bed care home. Matt joined the catering team here, as kitchen assistant, on 1 September. His enthusiasm to do the best he can was evident immediately. His relationships with our residents and his colleagues is fantastic, at all times he is polite, respectful, and good fun; qualities everyone appreciates.

"Within just a few weeks of becoming part of our 'family' here at Henlow, Matt's colleagues decided to award him the Star of the Month accolade, in appreciation of how quickly he has settled in and the difference his hard work and cheerful, dedicated nature has made to our residents’ lives. Matt was delighted with this, almost as delighted as we were in being able to offer it to someone who has never worked in an elderly care setting before but who has a natural ability to make a difference."

Matthew added: "Sian makes me feel welcome, valued, confident, and included in the staff team, something that has never happened to me before. I look forward to going to work as it makes me very happy to help others and to be part of a team… the best team ever! I want to say a big thank you to Sian and Sam for helping me."

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