Shibu joined Wise Steps in August 2019 and worked with job coach Sheila Jameson to improve his CV and start the job search process. Struggling to get interviews Sheila contacted Wise Steps Employment Engagement Co-ordinator Donna Barker who was able to secure him a place with YMCA’s Walker Park Café in February. Lockdown has caused the café to close intermittently but, when open, Shibu has been back and is enjoying building his skills portfolio. Shibu said:
“Working at the Café has given me the chance to gain new skills and build my confidence. Lockdown was difficult as I was not able to work, but since I’ve been able to come to the café again, my confidence has sky-rocketed and I have enjoyed meeting my friends again.
“Being on the Wise Steps programme has given me a new outlook. I feel much better about myself and what the future holds.”
Jeff Hurst, the Chief Executive said: