Acacia’s Story

Acacia is a lone parent of her son, who is at primary school. She was referred by her Jobcentre for a face to face CV review with Lucy. Through the discussion it emerged that Acacia was keen to work within a school environment, local to her son, so she could work school hours and work term time only, as she was unable to rely on others to care for her son.  She is presently volunteering at her son’s school, listening to children read and had even followed one class move up to the next year. Through the CV review, it was identified that a number of improvements could been made.

We worked together to develop a new CV, which gave Acacia confidence in her abilities and what she was able to do. Together we also discussed the benefits of learning and developing knowledge within the area of learning support.  We also discussed networking and speaking to the right people, like the teachers’ Acacia supported, to find out if there were any vacancies within the school.

Acacia said that speaking with Lucy gave her the confidence to speak with the teacher about vacancies. It was agreed the next time she was volunteering she would speak with her teacher.  She did and the teacher said the school kitchen were looking for people and encouraged her to apply.  Acacia ended up getting a trial, which she thoroughly enjoyed as she was able to serve the children and help make the food.  She is now working as a catering assistant in the school kitchen.

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