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Maureen’s Story

Like many people made redundant from a long-held job, Maureen Wood had lost confidence.  

Aged 60, she had worked in her factory job for 9 years. Applying for a new job after so many years, particularly with the new demands of digital applications, felt like an overwhelming task.  

The Work Club at Barnstaple Library set about boosting Maureen’s confidence and helping her back into work over several months.  

Maureen secured a part time cleaning job at a holiday camp – not her first choice, but she recognised the importance of being in work, and eventually grew to enjoy it. It also allowed her the time to visit the Work Club to develop her CV, fill out applications and practice interview techniques.  

In November 2020 Maureen’s efforts were rewarded. The local Coronavirus Testing Centre offered her full-time job, which will run until at least September 2021. Maureen said: “I’m so grateful to Work Club. I absolutely love this job, and I wouldn’t have got it without you.” 

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