Xena, a single mum of six


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Xena, Programme User

Xena is a single mum of six children who had never worked before and had no schooling until she arrived in the UK. 

She was referred to Ola, our New Opportunities Coordinator by a friend who had previously been helped by the Volunteer Centre.

Xena  was  interested  in  working  at  a  school,  either doing  catering  work  or  looking  after children during school lunch; in order to help her achieve her goal, Ola organised a one-to-one session with her, where they developed an action plan and created a CV.

As part of the action plan Ola had arranged  a  volunteering  role  at  a  local  kitchen  for  three  days  a  week, as well as securing a volunteer placement at a nursery and after school club  to gain further experience.

Since  writing  was  still  a  challenge for Xena,  Ola had arranged  for  her  to  do  a  Level  2  e-catering  course on  food  safety  and  hygiene,  which  she passed and boosted her confidence!

All these experiences helped Xena build her CV and gain valuable skills, which are necessary to find employment and once Xena was ready to find paid work, Ola assisted her with job applications.

Xena is now working in a school as a catering assistant where her working hours allow her to be with her children after school and she is now no longer reliant on income support.

We love stories like Xena’s and feel privileged to be in a position where we can help.

If you’re looking or know somebody who is looking for a job but want to gain the experience needed to secure paid work first, please contact Ola, our New Opportunities Coordinator on ola@vckc.org,uk or call 0208 8960 3722