Helping people back into the workplace: Lindsay's story
Lindsay Moorfield 32, had worked with children as a Teaching Assistant and Early Years Worker in the early noughties. She put her career on hold when she had her first child in 2003. She wanted to return to work but had to overcome a number of barriers – lack of skills and length of time unemployed had affected her confidence and motivation.
She was a single parent and when combined with financial issues she began to doubt if returning to employment was the right choice for her. A Seetec Employment Adviser helped to develop her confidence and motivation, along with providing practical guidance around her CV, job searching and the interview process.
She was given ongoing support and Lindsay even received financial help in the form of weekly bus tickets and money for interview clothes. Lindsay gained a job as a part-time Playworker at the Hop, Skip & Jump centre in the local area. Hop Skip and Jump provide flexible and immediate respite care for children and young adults providing a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to engage and inspire children with disabilities and special educational needs. Now Lindsay is able to work flexible hours around her own children.
Supervisor Lyndsey Stone from Hop, Skip & Jump said: “Lindsay secured a 20-hour part-time Playworker post with us through her hard work and dedication. She really excels within a team environment and is very willing to learn and develop new skills. She has a proactive attitude and since starting with us Lindsay has developed a positive attitude to the work she undertakes. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow and develop within her role.”