A former soldier, who was medically discharged when harrowing tours of Iraq left her with severe post-traumatic stress disorder, is finally getting her life back together thanks to Remploy.
Samantha Fullylove, aged 30, from Newcastle under Lyme, had little choice but to leave the job she had always wanted to do but which, after two tours in the Middle East left her with experiences she found impossible to forget.
“Whilst my training was rigorous, nothing could prepare me for the things I saw,” said Sam. “I joined up at the age of 18, and really enjoyed my time based in Germany, but the memories of 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.
“That’s when I turned to Remploy, hoping they would understand the situation I was in,” said Sam. “It was a huge comfort to know my employment advisor at Remploy could relate to the challenges I faced. Nevertheless, the prospect of having a job – my first in civilian life – was daunting.”
Remploy provides employment support for people with disabilities and health conditions, and works with employers throughout the UK to help them fill their vacancies with job-ready candidates. Its experienced team of Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants provides targeted support to veterans through a range of specialist employment and career transition services.
Following an extended period of support, Sam considered the many options ahead and spent time building her practical employment skills and regaining some of the confidence she once had. Then, Remploy encouraged Sam 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.
“By our very nature, we’re a caring company, and so extending this to members of staff is part of our business model,” said her manager Rachel Simpson. “During Sam’s trial it was clear that, with the right help, she would be an ideal employee - nd Sam’s proving to be just that.”
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. We wish her well.”
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Picture caption: On the road to recovery: Iraqi veteran Sam Fullylove
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Tim Crowther, Crowther Communications Ltd
Notes to Editors:
- Remploy was established 70 years ago to provide training and employment after the Second World War for injured and disabled ex-servicemen and miners.
- Since 2010, Remploy has found more than 100,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.
- Remploy works with more than 2,500 employer partners including Marks & Spencer, TC Facilities Management, BT, Mitie, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS
- Remploy operates a free Workplace Mental Health Support Service to help maintain in employment people with stress, depression, anxiety or other mental health issues
- It invests in developing innovative services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service
- In March 2015, Remploy entered into a joint venture with MAXIMUS, a leading operator of government health and human services programmes in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia and on 7 April 2015 Remploy left government ownership in the joint venture in which Remploy employees have a 30% stake.