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Chris’ story – practice makes perfect

Health Works for Cornwall Pluss 13 July 2021

Chris was referred to the Health Works for Cornwall (HWC) team by Pentreath in February 2021 due to being unemployed following his groundsman business becoming unviable towards the end of 2020.

The stress and uncertainty leading up to the business folding had an adverse impact on Chris’ mental health, resulting in low self-esteem and self-confidence.

The HWC programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund and provides unemployed residents in Cornwall with a health or wellbeing need to get the support they want and need, and where possible, move them towards and into sustainable work.

Following his referral, the HWC team learnt more about Chris’ circumstances, his skills and experience, his work history and what his ideal future job would look like. Learning what barriers are holding a person back is an important piece of the complex jigsaw, in supporting someone to move forward with their life.

Each person referred to HWC is assigned a change coach who work very closely with the employer opportunity coaches within their team. Chris’s change coach Jill and the employer opportunity coach Stephen spent time over the telephone, over video meetings as well as face-to-face with Chris and established an understanding of his barriers and how they impacted on him finding sustainable work.  They spent time working together gaining his trust, and in finding a way to a successful outcome.

Chris, who lives in the Camborne area, was determined to get back into full-time employment. Jill and Stephen worked together to help Chris with some face-to-face interview techniques and encouraged him to highlight his many strengths during interviews. This practice slowly built his self-confidence.

Chris received training to improve his CV, searching for jobs and putting together answers in mock interviews. All this practice helped to boost his confidence and gave him the skills he needed to really sell himself.

This resulted in Chris securing several interviews and all that hard work paid off with him being offered a job with a large holiday park in southwest Cornwall, as a grounds man. He started in late May this year and continues to enjoy his new role and is looking forward to being kept busy as the summer holiday season gets underway.

Chris said: “Everyday my confidence will grow. Thank you for all your help.”