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“I thought that at 60, I wouldn’t be good enough to find a job.”

Lena had left school with no qualifications, raised four children and helped to babysit her seven grandchildren to support her family. She wanted to get into work where she could help other people but, upon reaching her 60th birthday, she thought her chances of success had gone.

That’s where our team stepped in.

She received a range of personalised training and guidance and, before long, she became a Personal Assistant as part of our Ongo Recruitment team.

Lena said: “I was welcomed with open arms and made to feel comfortable straight away.  It was really nice to have the chance to support vulnerable people, particularly those who wanted to improve their mental health, and to make a difference to their lives.”

Though she is retired now, Lena looks back on the support and opportunity with fondness.

She concluded: “I didn’t know much about Ongo before, but I quickly discovered how they want to help you in any way possible and the community too. I got so much out of it, and I’m so grateful for everything that I was provided with.

“I really felt like I found my calling in life.”

No matter what stage in life you’re at or your circumstances, we are here to help you. Click here to find out the range of support that has helped more than 300 people into a job.