Six years ago, Angela had no idea how to combine work with being a new parent. She tried different jobs and learned new skills but didn’t find anything quite right. She decided to get some help from Better Start, who referred her to a Covid Warden’s course offered by Lambeth Adult Learning provider, MI Skills Development Centre.
A training course leads to a new start…
Angela says, “The course was great. It was really interesting to learn to handle anti-social behaviour and conflict. At the end, I was prepared for everything.” The course led to temporary work with Lambeth Council’s Public Protection, Assurance & Regulatory Services Team, helping residents and business deal with the restrictions of Covid. Angela says, “We helped to change Lambeth from somewhere really badly affected to a place with falling levels of infection.”
… A new job
In June 2021, Angela successfully applied for a permanent Lambeth Liaison Officer job, working with other council departments and the police to combat anti-social behaviour. She can’t believe the difference the past year made: “There’s been a 100% change in my life, and it’s been brilliant. I was looking for change but didn’t know where to start or where to go. Better Start and MI Skills Development Centre put me on a new path and I now have a great job which is family friendly. I’m so happy. The whole experience has been amazing and it’s really changed me.”
… And a new future
“Before, I was struggling to afford childcare and there was never anything left for me. Now I have more confidence, a future and I’m so much happier. I feel like I am gaining life-changing skills which make me a better and stronger person every day.”
Angela recommends Better Start and Lambeth Adult Learning to anyone who wants to change their life. “The learning and the job are like a trampoline so I can jump to other things. I see myself growing and learning new things every day. I’ve already sent some friends to Lambeth Adult Learning. It changed my life, and I’m sure it will change theirs too.”