Customer Stories

The National Careers Service helps turn dream jobs into a reality

06 October 2017

St Austell resident, Allan, first contacted Prospects in August 2015. The 52 year old father of four, was facing severe mental health problems, the loss of his home and was completely reliant on unemployment benefits.

However, with the help of the government Work Programme, run by Prospects, Allan has transformed his life and is now a successful high end potter.

“Prospects has given me my confidence back. They helped me access counselling which assisted me through a period of poor mental health and attempted suicide,” explains Allan, “and my key worker also helped me navigate the sale of my house, which provided me with the funds I needed to pay for premises and assets to set up my pottery business.”

“I attended group sessions to build my self-esteem, a business start-up course and counselling which were all arranged for me through Prospects.

Before I contacted Prospects I had been out of work since 2012 and was supporting myself and my family on benefits, now I have overcome the mental and financial barriers I faced and own my own Raku Pottery store.”

“I have also since been able to move from unemployment benefits to Working Tax Credits instead,” he adds.

to his improved confidence levels, Allan continues to make a success of his pottery business and hopes to start to sell other local artists’ work, which in turn will support his creative artistic endeavours.

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