Darren is driving his career forward
Forty-five year old Darren Davidson spent years struggling with substance abuse and dealing with depression. After 12 months out of employment, he decided to get his life back on track and return to work.
Darren sought support from Remploy, the disability employment specialists, who helped him secure a permanent role with Asda as a delivery driver. He was supported through Fair Start Scotland, a new devolved employment support service.
He said: “The support was great. I felt that the service gave me the opportunity to be myself and I could receive the support I needed, when I needed it. After only a few meetings with my advisor, I felt that my confidence was building and my drive to finding work was back.”
Darren is originally from Alyth, a small town in Perthshire, but he decided to move to Dundee to improve his job prospects, working in various roles since his move, including bar work and a job in admin.
After losing his job as an Admin Assistant he spent 12 months out of employment and dealing with his demons.
He said: “I have always worked, so spending time lazing around didn’t feel right. Carrie Ogilvie, my Key Worker was so supportive and she assisted me with online applications for different roles.”
When Darren received the news his online application to ADSA was successful and he was to go forward for an interview he was over the moon.
He added: “I was so glad that I was going to be put forward for an interview. I felt very anxious and nervous but I was advised to be myself and when I arrived I was totally fine. I managed to deliver a good interview and was offered the role, which I am delighted about. I’m thoroughly enjoying my new job and am looking forward to the future!”