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The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects. Building Better Opportunities is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, the project is designed to tackle poverty and promote social inclusion throughout Worcestershire, this project is proud to tell you the story of Aaron.

Aaron was referred to Vestia by Kidderminster Job Centre in April 2018. Aaron had previously been employed but at the time of meeting, he had been out of work for 20 months and felt unsure about his future plans. Aaron attended the first session with his job coach with his brother, due to his anxiety and it was clear that this was something that affected him in regards to social situations. Following our initial meeting, it became clear that Aaron was interested in gaining some support with looking at employment and apprenticeship opportunities to establish a potential career.

Throughout his time on the programme, Aaron showed great enthusiasm; he was dedicated, determined and eager to move forward and better himself, this made supporting Aaron really easy because he welcomed suggestions and ideas and quickly began recognising the benefits. Through working with his job coach, Aaron’s CV was updated, a cover letter was created and work was carried out around Aaron’s skills and interests, whilst exploring relevant roles. From this, Aaron pinpointed an area that is very close to his heart, for personal reasons and something he has for a long time been interested in. It was at this point when Aaron realised that he would like to pursue a career in counselling and carry out his qualifications in this area, before carrying on to become a recognised counsellor. Aaron’s passionate nature really started to show and continued to grow, along with his confidence when he was offered a place on the Certificate in Counselling Skills course at Heart of Worcestershire College. Alongside this, Aaron and his job coach also identified a volunteering opportunity at Kemp Hospice in which Aaron would be able to use the skills he learns on his college course and put into practice supporting others through the charity.

After gaining a place on the counselling course and completing the BBO programme; Aaron said, “I have in place, for the first time a plan to achieve the goal I’ve had since I was 12”. Aaron reported that he, “has a plan for the future and knows his end goal, as well as having a career prospect”. Laura (Aaron’s job coach) has commented saying, “Aaron’s enthusiasm and dedication throughout this programme has been brilliant, he has given his all at every step and his abilities have been there all along, he just needed some guidance and support to find the best route for him and I am so confident that he will continue through his chosen path and have many successes, well done Aaron”. Further job coach support around future options for Aaron this career path; means that Aaron now has a 5 year plan, of which he is aiming to complete his studies and start his desired career.

If you or anyone you know would benefit from the support of a dedicated Job Coach who will work with you to build on your own strengths and abilities to gain the confidence and skills to move into work please get in touch now, we are waiting to hear from you.

Call 01562 733133, or email