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Work club is key to job success for Wakefield woman

Published 26 October 2015

A local job club has helped a Wakefield woman who was unemployed for four years to find work at an artisan bakery in Pontefract.

Teresa Carson, 52, had previously been in work for over 20 years in a mill but was made redundant four years ago.

Despite applying for hundreds of jobs, Teresa was unsuccessful and last year she started attending job clubs organised by WDH in St George’s community centre in Lupset.

At the sessions it was found that Teresa had an undiagnosed learning difficulty which was making it much harder for her to find work. Teresa was supported to seek a proper diagnosis, and has since got a job with the Real Bread Company cafe, a charity-run bakery for adults with learning difficulties. 

Speaking about her accomplishment, Julie Srivastava, WDH Community Employment Advisor said: “Teresa has been incredibly committed to finding work and has done all sorts of courses to improve her employability. I’m really happy for her and she deserves this after all her hard work.”

Teresa added: “I’d like to thank WDH for the support they’ve offered me.  Julie’s gone out of her way to help me and I’m really enjoying new job.  She’s been my rock, and the support I’ve had has enabled me to learn more about computers, which is helpful.”

To find out more about WDH’s Community Employment Advisors visit: wdh.co.uk/CommunityEmploymentAdvisors

The Real Bread Company bakery and café can be found at 18-20 Gillygate in Pontefract and is open every day Monday to Saturday from 9am to 3pm, closing at 12.30pm on Thursdays. The cafe sells a variety of artisan breads and confectionery,  locally sourced food and speciality teas and coffees. All profits from the venture go towards Pontefract Family Centre, a local charity for adults with learning disabilities.

(L-R) Teresa and Julie

(L-R) Teresa and Julie

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