Becky, 55, came to Skills Launchpad Plymouth after moving to the area with her teenage daughter. She had run a successful hotel business in France with her husband, but having been recently widowed, the move to Plymouth was going to be for a new life with her daughter.
While in Plymouth, Becky has been working part time as a veterinary assistant. One of her immediate needs was to top up her salary. She had considered going self employed as she wanted to utilise her entrepreneurial skills.
Along with experiencing grief and moving country, Becky had been very anxious about finances and her daughter’s mental health, and engagement with her GCSEs. Most of their social support networks were in France.
Lorna, our Adult Hub Co-ordinator has been able to provide a truly holistic support to Becky. She was able to refer her to the Families Programme at Forces Employment Charity, Outset for self-employment advice, the NatWest Business Builder course, and the National Careers Service, to ensure her CV really showed her transferable skill set.
In addition, Lorna was able to share Becky’s details with our in house Health and Social Care team for ideas around part time care work, and give her a tutorial on using the Meetup app for local social support groups.
Lorna was also able to provide the details of the Young Minds parents helpline, in order to be able to support her daughter.
Here is what Becky shared:
“Can't thank you enough for this. You've been so helpful. That aside, thoroughly enjoyed talking to you too. Love your infectious enthusiasm for everything.