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After spending the majority of her working years raising her children, Angela was eager to return to the world of work before she felt it was too late. Angela came to Starlight Café and Community Centre seeking help as she had no CV, poor IT skills and very little confidence or self-belief. Very quickly we enrolled Angela on an IT course for beginners, set her up an email address and supported her to job search whilst assisting her to write strong job applications.

She began cleaning for Starlight in a voluntary capacity and started to build her work related skills whilst becoming accustomed to a working-life routine. Angela soon showed us how valuable she would be to an employer and she became well known for her reliability and punctuality. It wasn’t too long before Angela had been offered multiple job interviews and fully engaged with interview skills sessions to ensure she was fully prepared. After a number of unsuccessful interviews Angela was desperate to succeed in securing employment but became disheartened when falling at the last hurdle. To assist Angela with promoting herself to employers, BoXer, a Bromsgrove based Cleaning Company facilitated mock interviewers for BBO participants with the purpose of providing feedback that would in turn improve their confidence in their interview techniques and to help them to secure future employment.

BoXer, who saw Angela’s potential and felt that she would fit perfectly within their cleaning team, offered her genuine part time employment following her mock interview. Angela now works for BoXer cleaning one of the sheltered schemes in her local area and says that she is overwhelmed and thrilled by the opportunity that BoXer have given her.

Angela’s journey is one that she is incredibly proud of. She remained committed both to the support the project gave and her long term goal despite the set-backs she faced. Angela says “The BBO programme changed my life and I now have confidence in myself”. Angela is now looking forward to a future where she is financially independent.

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