"I feel I have been really supported to move on with my life"

About: Mansfield Woodhouse Children's Centre

(as a volunteer/advocate),

I have been volunteering at Mansfield Woodhouse Children's Centre since Sept 2014 and helped in Stay and Play and the local library session, while my son was in nursery. I applied for a Midday meals supervisor job at local schools and was supported by the Children's Centre with references and interview techniques. I started there on a temporary basis in Jan 2016 but still attended the Children's Centre to offer support in clinic and big adventures group. The staff have been supportive, worked with me to develop my confidence and recently helped me apply for a permanent post within a different local school.

I feel I have been really supported to move on with my life, earn money and to get a permanent post. It's almost been a two year journey but I am really pleased to have come this far.

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Response from Carol Pearce, Children's Centre Co-ordinator, Sure Start Children's Centres, County Health Partnerships

Thank you for sharing your experiences at Mansfield Woodhouse Children's Centre and the valued support you have received from the team. I am really pleased to hear you have now found employment and the Children's Centre has helped you along your journey. Volunteering really does equip people with the necessary skills to confidently enter the workplace, which you have done. Well done on gaining the permanent position and I wish you every success in the future.

Best Wishes

Carol Pearce

Children's Centre Co-ordinator
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