BACK TO WORK SCHEME WORKS OUT WELL FOR LEONE

A Deaf lady from Rotherham has found work, some twenty years after her last job, thanks to a Specialist Employability Support (SES) Start Back course at Doncaster Deaf Trust.

Leone Green, aged 40, from Swinton, stopped work when she had her children, now aged 16 and 13 and struggled to find a job when she wanted to return to work.

She was on Work Programme for six months but didn’t find a job to suit her, so the JobCentre referred her to SES at Doncaster Deaf Trust.

During her time at Doncaster Deaf Trust, Leone, who became Deaf at the age of two, applied for many jobs in and around the local area. Despite several knockbacks she was determined to find a job.

The team from Doncaster Deaf Trust kept in touch with Leone following her course and alerted her to vacancy at Little Learners Day Nursery, which is an onsite nursery at the Deaf Trust.

Leone said: “I had a very positive interview with communication support from my Doncaster Deaf Trust Work Coach and was offered the job!

 “I am now a member of the domestic team and work every day at the nursery between 5pm and 8pm and I am really enjoying it. I can’t believe that I have finally got a job and it is one that I love.”

Leone is now a valued member of the domestic team and the Deaf Trust Work Coaches meet regularly with the Presentation Supervisor to ensure that both Leone and the team are supported. 

Jenny Atkinson from SES said: “We are thrilled for Leone that her hard work and determination paid off and that she was able to secure a job.

“We are on hand to offer intervention or communication aid whenever required.  Leone continues to meet with the Doncaster Deaf Trust Work Coaches to assist her in all areas over a coffee and a chat.

“Leone is happy and very proud that she is now a working member of society, her employer is extremely pleased with how she has developed and progressed and looks forward to a long and successful relationship.” 

For further information about the SES programme at Doncaster Deaf Trust visit www.deaf-trust.co.uk