Lance's Story

Due to an unfortunate aspect of my life, I become very depressed. I could not believe at that point my life would get better. It was part of my treatment at The Crescent to be referred to Status Employment. I could not believe how good this referral turned out to be.

Status Employment placed me on a ten week course that involved class room work with five other people in the same position as me. We were taught computer skills, to recognise our strengths, interview skills, to recognise transferable skills and much more. Each Friday was football training and a game at Charlton Athletic's ground.

I found that the course knitted our group together as friends and people to have fun with on the football field.

The biggest support was from an Employment Consultant that we each were helped by. I was assisted with the content of my applications for many different jobs, sometimes taking three or four days to get them right. I was shown how to look for jobs on websites. My Employment Consultant also pointed out jobs she thought I could do or sent them to me by e-mail.

I received so much help and support from the staff at Status Employment that I have now been successful in obtaining paid work and I have made some good friends.

The staff at Status Employment are absolutely brilliant. Their considerable experience is definitely being used in the right place. I am proud to have been part of this programme and it is so good it should be used as a blueprint for the benefit of people on a national level.