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Darrell's Story (I CAN Work Project)

Darrell's Story (I CAN Work Project)

Darrell was unemployed and stuck in a bit of a rut. Yet within a few weeks, he was volunteering, and a few weeks later, during the start of the COVID crisis, he was offered a paid position. How did he turn things around?

Darrell received free support from the ‘I CAN Work’ team. He acknowledges that, "It's difficult when you're unemployed, as you get into a negative way of thinking. My experience with I CAN Work has given me more of an idea of what I want to do. I was feeling a little bit lost and stuck before. Having a point of contact, someone to keep you on track and to give you support is really beneficial.”

I CAN Work helps people with mild-moderate mental health problems to find and remain in employment to support their recovery and improve their wellbeing. The programme, which is the first of its kind in Wales, is delivered by Betsi Cadwaladar University Health Board, in partnership with CAIS and the Rhyl City Strategy, with funding from the Welsh Government.

Darrell was given advice during the application process and importantly, motivation to apply firstly, for volunteering and then for a job. “My key contact at I CAN Work kept nudging me along as I hadn't been in work for a while and was in need of a confidence boost and a direction".

In terms of advice he would give to others, Darrell says, "If you're not working, I CAN Work is a very helpful service to give you pointers and motivation to apply for different jobs.” Darrell now has a much clearer idea of what direction he wants to take; he even had the realisation that the paid role was not for him, and the courage to turn it down. He is now being supported by ICW to apply for other jobs. "ICW has helped me work out what I want to do. It is a really good service. If I hadn't had help, I would still be looking and now I can use my experience as a talking point and back up in interviews".