‘I was one of the first members of Just the Job. I'm 46 years old and no one has ever talked to me about employment. I went to a special school and it was just assumed that I would never work. I've never had a paid job’!
‘Being unemployed made me feel like I had no confidence and felt very low. Coming to Just the Job gave me an opportunity to meet other people and focus on what I really want to do, in a friendly setting and motivating environment. The club has got me out of the house and back looking at my career and thinking about what I would enjoy doing. It encourages me to apply for work and I use all my skills. I've been coming here for over five months now and I am more confident and more job ready for the workplace. I have improved my CV and seen more chances of work’.
When I first came to just the job, I felt confident and comfortable and liked the look of the people, whom I was sure I’d get on well with and maybe make some friends. In some ways it reminded me of when I went to college in 1995, but this time with the right understanding and support, which I didn’t have back then which made things go wrong. This time I felt more like the happy, popular, confident girls I read about in books.
We had a great time making pizzas and getting to know each other better at Pizza Express!
I have had jobs in the past which I wasn’t really equipped to cope with, even though I appeared to do well at some of them at the time. Because of my lack of diagnosis of autism, and support, this caused excessive hard work and stress to constantly cover my difficulties. I dreaded having to get a job which would cause me too much distress to cope with, but I couldn’t explain this because I was undiagnosed. Grace
Sue I have NVQ level 3 in careers guidance, I thought that I could give some positive support to the group members. I have found being part of this group has given me a real insight to the barriers to both volunteering and employment these people face. SUE Volunteer
As a Volunteer at ‘Just the Job’, Disability Sheffield, I witnessed the importance of weekly group activities for people who share similar circumstances. Also, I was able to get to know this group as being an intelligent, friendly and hardworking bunch with an awful lot to offer. Becky Volunteer
Some of the things we get up to.. We used online personality tests to help us build a good CV We looked at different roles, skills and qualities
We built a time line of all the jobs we have done in our lives
We employed the Twitter Sitter to show us some social media techniques
We brought objects in and talked about things we like to do
Julie came and gave us information on filling in applications
Paul I Have always suffered from low self – confidence and I have never completely trusted peoples opinion of me, especially if they are pointing out my good points, skills or achievements. Since joining Just The Job I am gradually learning to accept it.
Paul The kindness and understanding I have received from Kathryn as well as the rest of the group, have provided me with the type of atmosphere I need to be me.
‘I met Kathryn on the recovery education project that I was attending and I wasn’t well at all. Every day was a struggle. I didn’t care about anything and had very bad thoughts. I had my own business and was successful. I think I had a breakdown. Im only just able to start thinking about some sort of work. Kathryn has helped me get my benefits sorted because that was causing me so much stress it was making me worse. Now its sorted I can start to think about doing a bit of work and trying to get back to normal. I never want to be that stressed again with work though’.
What we think! I'm the Employer Engagement Worker on Just The Job. I work with local businesses to create opportunities for members and love to spread good message about disability employment across the city. The response has been great and I've seen a change in attitude around employing disabled people - George I love the facilitating ‘Just the Job’, I've never run a project like this before and its brilliant in every way. I've seen peoples confidence grow over the months and even the smallest change for some people is a big thing – Kathryn
Just the Job is a really positive learning experience. It provides opportunities to transfer some of the skills I’ve developed through play into work situations. we learn about choices, opportunities and support regarding work. I used to feel the job market was black and white, i.e. ability to work would be perceived as being too able for support (which is essential) I now have a better idea of possibilities such as supply work, which may suit me as an individual. Grace