Kerry had been unemployed for 17 years,
since leaving education. She brought up her 3 children on her own and felt,
last year, that it was time for her to do something for herself.
Kerry attended an “Introduction to Care”
course last year. She was then successful in her application to join the Me 2
You course at Cumnock Academy. Kerry was really nervous at the start in
January 2016 as she felt she had lost her self-confidence and had become
Her confidence started to build as she
was working alongside people who felt the same as Kerry. She found that she
enjoyed learning and quickly picked up new skills. Having a purpose and
something to do during the day was a big turning point for Kerry.
She says “being at home all day and having
little money to spend was soul destroying. I was lucky I have two good friends who have
supported me through it all”.
Kerry worked as a Classroom Assistant
during her time at Cumnock Academy.
Kerry has dyslexia and the school was
very supportive with her written work. She took control of all the Art
department stores and cupboards, ensuring the materials were stored and put
away in a tidy manner. The Teaching staff really appreciated Kerry’s support
in the department and this helped build Kerry’s confidence during the 8 weeks
At home the family’s routine changed.
Kerry was now leaving the house in the morning at the same time as the
children. Kerry reflects now and realises that, before, she really didn’t
have a routine as she felt she had all week to do things. Overnight things
changed, the children were proud of their Mum and gave her full support and
took more responsibility for chores at home. Kerry made new friends and felt
so much more positive about finding a job.
After Me 2 you Kerry was supported by
Laura Owens of East Ayrshire Council’s Essential Skills with her
dyslexia. She was also referred to Maureen Millar of East Ayrshire Council’s
Economic Development Department, who then supported Kerry to progress on her
Kerry engaged well with Maureen and
her confidence continued to grow. Whilst
paid employment as a Classroom Assistant was proving difficult to secure for
Kerry, it was discovered through engaging with Economic Development that
Kerry could be very well suited to working within the Care Industry. Through working closely with the DWP, an 8
week work experience placement was secured at Bute House, after having
secured funding by EAC for Enhanced Disclosure for Kerry.
Maureen Millar was contacted by the
Manager at Bute House only 4 weeks in to her placement, saying how impressed
she was with Kerry and that paid employment was on offer.
Kerry started paid employment at Bute
House on 7th November 2016.
The story doesn’t end there as Kerry
is now embarking on her SVQ level 2 in Social Services and Healthcare. This is being funded by the European Social
Fund, funding which was secured by East Ayrshire Council.