A Chesterfield man who was told that his health condition made it unlikely he would ever work again is back in employment thanks to support from Remploy.
Steven Turner, 45, has Conversion Disorder, a mental health condition that resulted in him losing the power of speech three years ago. His illness meant that he had to give up his job as a self-employed kitchen fitter, which dented his confidence and self-esteem.
“Being unemployed was bad enough, but to be told I probably wouldn’t work again because of my illness made it much worse,” said Steven, who communicates by writing on a notepad.
However, Stephen’s local Jobcentre Plus recognised that he needed specialist support and referred him to Remploy’s Employment Services branch in Gower Street, Derby. That’s when his situation rapidly improved, as Marcus Burley, an employment advisor at the branch explained.
“Within hours of Steven registering I heard about a vacancy in Chesterfield for a cleaner with Interserve, the company that is contracted to clean and maintain Sainsbury’s stores. Steven was eager to be put forward, so we quickly prepared a CV that highlighted his skills and experience and, two days later, I accompanied him to an interview.”
With his positive attitude and eagerness to get back to work, Steven impressed at the interview and was offered the job on the spot.
“It isn’t always that straightforward” admitted Marcus. “But I’m delighted for Steven. He is doing well in his new job and has proved wrong those who doubted he would be able to work again.”
Remploy provides a range of services for disabled and disadvantaged jobseekers including improving job interview techniques, refining CVs, vocational training and in-work support. “In Steven’s case we were even able to purchase an air filtration mask for him because he also has emphysema, which can make breathing difficult when he uses some chemicals,” added Marcus.
David Broadbent, Interserve’s cleaning manager at Sainsbury’s Chesterfield store added: “Over the past 18 months I’ve employed six Remploy candidates with disabilities and health conditions. The relationship with Remploy works because I know that they will provide motivated, capable candidates who are well suited to the role.”
A delighted Steven said: “It’s great to be back in work. I love my job and meeting new people every day.”
People with disabilities and long-term health conditions in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire are invited to contact Remploy for specialist support with their job seeking by phoning its Sheffield branch on 0300 456 8029 or the Derby branch on 0300 456 8036.
For further information and interview requests, please contact Remploy press office: 0300 456 8121
Notes to editors:
- In the last two years Remploy Employment Services has found more than 35,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities and other disadvantages.
- Remploy is driven by the fundamental belief that every disabled person can, with appropriate support and specialist advice, secure sustainable employment.
- Employment Services has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities.
- It continues to invest in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and vocational rehabilitation services.
- Remploy ES partners with more than 2,500 of the country’s biggest employers including BT, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s, the NHS and Marks & Spencer.
- It operates a national network of more than 60 town and city centre recruitment branches and offices providing specialist recruitment and development services to job seekers.