When the team first met Samara she was struggling to find employment in the UK. She had recently moved to Kirklees from the Bahamas and had years of experience in care and childcare.
Working together with her Transitional Support Worker Anne Marie, the pair identified her main barriers to finding work. She couldn't drive and lacked work experience in the UK.
With a personalised action plan in place, the team started to work with her to update her CV and look for volunteering opportunities in the care industry.
Home-Start were offering volunteering training, which Samara was interested in. Their volunteering opportunities were available to support young children and their parents in her community.
Samara started the volunteer training programme for a couple of hours a week and decided that she wanted as much experience as possible and began volunteering at a local parent and toddler sessions aswell.
The team recommended that Samara applied for care experience and a qualification. She could do this on the local Routeway to Care course delivered by an Adult and Community Learning centre.
Whilst building her knowledge and experience, she attended job search support sessions applying for local vacancies. In a catch up with Anne Marie, the pair completed an application form for a Passenger Assistant vacancy within Kirklees Council.
She felt that this role would fit with her lifestyle and enable her to continue with volunteering. Something that she has become very passionate about.
Samara was given quick and mock interview preparation to ensure that she felt confident. She was successful at interview and now has a job that she enjoys and also gives her the flexibility to continue to work in her local community helping others.
Having a personalised package of support and reacting quickly helped samara find her first job in the UK.