In 2017 we launched CHANGE IT OUT: Progress to Success for the women of Liverpool. This confidence-building program has an objective to help women develop their confidence, feel more positive about what they can perform and begin to build the future they want. Once we get into 2018, we’re preparing for the next round kicking off in January (more info here!).
Now, why don’t we introduce one to prior participant, Catherine, to discover how ‘Change It’ changed her life .. “For a long period I lied to people. Whenever someone would ask what I did for a full-time income I’d pretend I was in paid work. I used to be too ashamed to tell the truth that I was unemployed and dropping the hope of ever finding regular work. I had seen how people on benefits were portrayed on TV programs like Benefit’s Street as idle, crude and dysfunctional and was afraid that individuals would stereotype me the same way.
I was made redundant at the end of 2014. Although I experienced disappointed to leave a job I adored I wasn’t unduly concerned about my future leads. I needed good qualifications and several many years of work experience under my belt. I thought I would have few problems finding a satisfying full-time job and I immediately arranged to work looking for roles that matched up my experience and passions.
In the meantime, I held myself occupied volunteering at a mental health charity and used a few of my redundancy pay out to review an English MA with the Open University. I began 2015 full of optimism. As the brand new Year’s fireworks tripped as I recall feeling really happy, I still had a good chunk of redundancy money still left, was making good improvement with my studies and got secured a couple of job interviews. By March my new year’s optimism began to wear thin, I still hadn’t been able to find any work and my redundancy money was dwindling fast.
I applied for Job Seeker’s allowance the next month, I used to be eligible for benefits but found the complete process demeaning, and experienced like a failing. The entire year advanced things seemed to get worse than, I was the victim of a crime, my grandmother died and a relationship I had been in broke down.
It wasn’t long before depression established it, I began to lose hair and spent hours in bed unable to face leaving the house. A pal pestered me to see a doctor Thankfully. The physician was good and put me touching a counselor really, I was temporarily put on a MEDICAL Benefits program also.
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Within time I became more powerful. I was given with the counseling fresh wish and I sensed able to look for work again. Next few months I came off sickness benefits and sent off what will need to have been a huge selection of application forms. I’d spend hours honing my personal statement and seek advice about how best to sell myself to potential employers.
Most of my applications forms went unanswered and I was rejected for roles at the few interviews I had fashioned were able to secure. With each problem, my expectations of finding work began to diminish, I became progressively frustrated and there were times when I sensed like giving up. An ongoing work advisor told me about a course at Liverpool’s Women’s Company called CHANGE IT OUT, which stated to ‘help women conquer barriers to change’. I applied but I sensed cynical at any statements it could encourage my confidence. A week later I began the four-week Change it Course A.
The course was in bright cup building minutes away from Liverpool’s China town. I was just a little nervous but walking in the available room I received a warm welcome from the course coordinator, Jenny. The course examined the true way we as women considered ourselves. I came to recognize that I had developed very negative thought patterns about myself.
I believed, which I was a failure and unworthy of any employer’s attention. I also believed that my needs were not as important as other people’s leading to a lack of assertiveness. Having recognized these negative thoughts we worked on how I, and the other ladies in the available room, could adjust the way we considered ourselves. How could we transform such mental poison to a more healthy and positive thought process?