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Published Monday, 2nd February 2015

After being unemployed since leaving school, Yasmin is now working as a full-time care assistant.


Yasmin's in a job where she belongs

A young woman from Warrington who had been unemployed since leaving school because of depression and severe anxiety has got her life back on track thanks to support from disability employment specialist Remploy.

When 20-year-old Yasmin Newall first registered at Remploy’s branch in Mersey Street, Warrington in January 2014, her health condition made it difficult for her to talk to people or do everyday things like travel on public transport.

“She was really struggling,” recalled Paul Knight, Yasmin’s employment advisor at the branch. “But at Remploy, we strongly believe everyone can, with appropriate support, find a job that is right for them. With Yasmin, it was simply a case of taking small, incremental steps, starting with re-building her confidence that had been badly dented by her health condition and long-term unemployment.”

Over the next six months, Yasmin learnt effective ways of improving her chances of getting her first full-time job, including how to write a compelling CV, applying for vacancies online and how to succeed at interviews. It paid off for her when she successfully applied for a vacancy as a full-time care assistant at the Belong care village in Warrington, which provides specialist 24-hour residential care and support for people living independently.

Now, almost six months into her new job and brimming with confidence, a grateful Yasmin said: “The help I received from Remploy was fantastic. Paul believed in me, which made all the difference. In fact, he saw qualities in me that I was unable to see for myself.

“I love my new job, particularly helping residents, many of whom are more like friends. If someone had told me a year ago that I would have a job that I enjoyed as much as I enjoy this one, I wouldn’t have believed them.”

Yasmin is one of five Remploy candidates who have been employed at the Belong care village since it opened in Warrington last year. Phil Orton, Head of People at Belong said: “Remploy selects candidates best suited to some of the roles we have available. Through our recruitment process we have been able to offer roles to five disabled and disadvantaged people. We are delighted to have given them the opportunity.”

“It’s fantastic to see how Yasmin has blossomed and grown in confidence since she started work,” added Remploy’s Paul Kinght. “She has even moved into her own flat, which would have been unthinkable a year ago. She has worked so hard to turn her life around and thoroughly deserves her success.”

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Picture caption: Yasmin Newall

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Notes to editors:

  • In the last five years Remploy has found more than 80,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities and other disadvantages.
  • Remploy partners with more than 2,500 of the country’s biggest employers including Marks & Spencer, BT, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS
  • Remploy has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
  • It has a successful specialist service which supports ex-service personnel who have left the forces with disabilities or health conditions
  • It continues to invest in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service
  • In July the Department for Work and Pensions launched a commercial process under which Remploy Employment Services would leave government ownership by March 2015
  • This creates an exciting opportunity for a partner or investor to help develop Remploy to its full potential, enabling it to support many more disabled people into work
  • The Government envisages that the commercial process will create a Joint Venture between a partner or investor and Remploy Employment Services staff operating as a social business in the private sector