Gary was unemployed for two years when he began working with Moving On Tyne & Wear (MOTW). From entry-level positions to supervisory roles, Gary has a long and impressive history of working in catering, hospitality and cleaning.
However, Gary developed a chest infection when working in Edinburgh in 2009. By 2010, he was diagnosed with severe asthma.
Gary tried to keep working but was hospitalised into intensive care on multiple occasions. Eventually, Gary came to realise that he couldn’t maintain the roles he had done all his life.
Gary decided that he could use his expertise to become a trainer but found it difficult to complete an online PTLLs course.
Gary and his Navigator, Molly, found a local classroom-based Level 3 Award in Education (PTLLS) – an option more suited to Gary’s needs. Moving On Tyne & Wear provided the funding for Gary to attend.
On the day of his assessment, his Navigator attended and supplied feedback on Gary’s presentation, counting towards his overall grade.
In late October, Gary passed his course and qualified as a trainer.
Molly approached numerous organisations around Newcastle to find voluntary roles that would help Gary develop his skills. Finally, she approached Mental Health Concern’s Moving Forward Newcastle, who run regular Food Hygiene courses.
After helping to facilitate with some session, Moving Forward allowed Gary to begin to take a lead role during training sessions. Gary’s confidence grew. He was soon asked to help lead the Health and Safety course and to develop a COSHH course of his own to implement.
Gary said: “none of this would have been possible without MOTW”.
Gary still works with Moving Forward and is receiving support from the team to look into paid opportunities. He is hoping to be employed in 2019.
Gary has said the opportunities MOTW helped him to secure “gave him something to look forward to” and “motivated him”, especially when his sicknote indicated it was possible he’d never work again.
Without MOTW’s support, Gary feels would have been “unemployable” and “wouldn’t have put in the effort” to look for work.
Gary “appreciates everything the organisation has done for him” and said his Navigator Molly was a “superstar”.
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