“I feel I understand more and communicate well what I have been doing in the past 4 week work placement. Kent Enterprise Trust it great to work with and I have had a laugh with people in here, they treat everyone with respect, good manners and are very professional at real work time. They are very helpful, I learned a lot from other people. I have learned about what I am doing in my work role and understanding in my mind by thinking, learning, and then doing it. I have become more confident by knowing what to do. If I don’t know or understanding I always asks, I find I am not afraid to ask. I can now stay calm and not panic. I have improved myself. I can now do it.”
MF a volunteer at Stream Walk unemployed for over two years and is on employment and support allowance (ESA). She is in the 55-64 age group and has a learning difficulty. She is very isolated where she lives and no family nearby. Stream Walk is her only day out and we give her a lift every week as she is not very good on buses at present. She has a hobby of making greeting cards and she regularly makes cards for us. Since starting at Stream Walk she has met new people and has become physically fitter and more confident in herself.
CW came to us from the Job Centre for work experience at KEH at the end of June, a single parent with one child and has not worked since 2009. She wanted to gain experience to go back to work now that her child was at school. After doing work experience she volunteered with us for one day per week. We then employed her for two days per week in August as a business admin assistant. She is a very capable enthusiastic employee and has started a free training course in Business Admin Level 2 with Learn To. Her comments at the end of her volunteering:-
“I have really enjoyed myself as a volunteer for KET and I am honoured that you have given me the opportunity to carry on with you as an employee. If I hadn’t of come to KET I would probably be still unemployed with low self confidence. Now I not only feel that I can do something that not only I want to do but also something I enjoy and I am learning new skills too”
BE and JA who work experience participants came from East Kent College at the end of June. Both students had been training in IT and wanted to gain hands on experience. The experience was for only two weeks and at the end of the experience one went on holiday before starting university and the other volunteered to continue to help with the website and in August provide holiday cover on reception three days a week before starting university.
“When arriving at Kent Enterprise House I felt somewhat nervous because I did not know what to expect having never worked in or been to an office environment before, but soon felt settled once I had met the team I would be working with and happy with the proposed work I would be carrying out over my time here.” (JA)
“I arrived feeling open minded and not knowing what to expect. The staff seem very friendly and speak to me on a personal level while still maintaining professional. I am excited about having the chance to put into practice what I learnt at college. I am looking forward to the placement I am hoping that I can leave next week having made a contribution to the charity.” (BE)
LB referred to us by “the citizen trust” a charity supporting the unemployed in London in the 26-35 age group, has learning difficulties, partially sighted and is an ex offender and drug user. He moved out of London to get away from the gang culture he was in. He came to the office and was on reception sometimes but his abilities restricted what he could do. We gave him and his dog a lift to Stream Walk for several weeks as he had difficulty getting up on time to catch buses and didn’t know the area. He met several of the other Stream Walk volunteers and now comes by bus with them (bringing his dog) and has become more confident about the future and his new life in Kent.