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Lady wearing an overall and carrying a tea tray“Having a job that I enjoy is helping me with my continued recovery.”

A former soldier, medically discharged when harrowing tours of Iraq left her with severe post traumatic stress disorder, is finally getting her life back together thanks to the employment support she received from Remploy. Samantha Fullylove, 30, from Newcastle under Lyme had little choice but to leave the job she had always wanted to do when two tours in the Middle East left her with experiences she found impossible to forget. “Nothing prepared me for the things I saw,” she said. “I really enjoyed my time based in Germany, but what happened after that will remain with me for the rest of my life.”

After leaving the forces, Sam found it difficult to adjust to civilian life. She experienced constant flashbacks, anxiety and depression which led to a period of homelessness. She sought support from the veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress, and eventually found a home with the help of a local housing association. Then, having regained some of her health, the next step was to find a job.

During an extended period of support, Sam spent time with Remploy's experienced team of Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants to build her practical employment skills and regaining some of the confidence she once had. Then, Remploy encouraged her to apply for a placement as a care assistant at Rowan Court Care Home in Newcastle Under Lyme. She emerged with a job offer, and was delighted to accept.

Sam said: “As a care assistant, my job is to look after our residents, ensuring they continue to enjoy life here at Rowan Court, and that they are afforded the dignity of individual care. I am learning all the time from those I work alongside, and having a job that I enjoy is helping me with my continued recovery. So many people have supported me, and my aim is to repay them all by being the very best I can.”

Robert Leach from Remploy added, “The transformation in Sam is remarkable, from being extremely withdrawn and damaged by her experiences, to a confident and capable person, used to making decisions. She is bringing the positive experiences of her past to her job and her health has improved immeasurably. We’re continuing to offer her support and we’re confident that Sam will continue to get stronger.”

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