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Laura overcomes anxiety to find a new start

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Laura Killah from Arbroath joined the Fair Start Scotland service in March 2023 after being unemployed for six months due to ill health. Prior to this, Laura, 44, had owned her own cleaning business but couldn’t go back to a physically demanding job with her new health condition. 

After struggling with anxiety around the return-to-work process, Laura was supported by her dedicated Key Worker, Sonja Cargill, who helped her to identify the barriers she faced and form a plan to find sustainable employment. 

Sonja organised for Laura to attend employability development sessions where she was able to learn interview skills and rebuild her confidence. Laura also spent time to identify her transferable skills and access our employment support hub.  

Sonja recognised that Laura would be a good fit for one of our roles, and after only two months of support, Laura successfully interviewed for a Customer Coordinator Role with the Remploy Angus Team 

Adelle Wilson, Laura’s Manager, said: “Laura is an excellent example of the development and support to secure employment that we offer and has impressed in her role since she started. Laura is an excellent addition to the team.” 

Reflecting on the help she received, Laura said: “Due to taking ill for six months, I decided I wouldn’t be able to go back to a physically demanding job.  

“Fair Start Scotland helped push me to secure the job I wanted. I was given support to help build my confidence back up.  I got regular phone calls and could call up anytime to ask anything at all – this helped me learn to believe in myself again because I could feel the support they were giving.

“I think the biggest thing was being able to be understood and accepted for who I am.” 


21 September, 2023