When I first came to the Freedom Centre I was very nervous and anxious. I was shy around people and lacked confidence. I had only worked on a 1 - 1 basis before and then at the Freedom Centre I had to work as part of a team. However, the team members - especially Alice the Kitchen Manager - were very welcoming and friendly. Alice explained everything to me clearly.
Last week I had a ‘working interview’ whilst volunteering in Freedom's kitchen. It involved a manager from the potential employer coming to see me work and as a result, I was offered the job which I start next week!
I feel so much more confident around people thanks to my time working at Freedom. I'm able to interact with a team and ask questions if I need to, so I feel much more confident about what I have to offer an employer too.
The experience of working in a busy kitchen not only increased my self-esteem, but it definitely played a big part in me getting paid employment in an area that I am interested in too.
I can only say thanks for all that Freedom have helped me with!