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Posted 23 August 2016

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Ongo Carnival kickstarted my career

Natasha Thumwood is a single parent and has been an Ongo Homes tenant for almost two years.

In that short amount of time, she believes Ongo has helped her get her life on track and start the career she’s always wanted, but never thought she could achieve.

Natasha visited the Ongo Carnival for the first time in 2015. She got chatting to a number of different people at the event. Natasha wanted to get back into work and possibly go back to college but wasn’t sure how this would impact on the benefits she receives which support her and her daughter.

Ongo staff offered her lots of benefit advice and also pointed her in the direction of the North Lindsey College stand to see about getting signed up for a course.

Little did Natasha realise was that she would start studying a foundation degree in Children’s Learning and Development in the Early Years – something she’s always been interested in.

She is now in her second year of the course and loving every minute. She’s aiming to go on and do her BA Honours degree after completing the second year.

Natasha said: “Things are going amazingly well, I’m much more confident too! My daughter loves hearing about my day at college. I’m really excited about both of our futures now.

“If I hadn’t gone to the Ongo Carnival that day I honestly think I would just be still sitting around wishing I had a job and wondering why I wasn’t good enough.

“If I hadn’t become an Ongo tenant I seriously doubt I would be where I am today. Ongo is more than a landlord; they really can help you get your life back on track.”

Natasha visited the carnival again this year and had a brilliant day with her daughter. She’s promised to send us a photo when she graduates so watch this space!

Are you looking to take that first step in your career but not sure where to start? Our Employment Support Team can help you, tel 01724 844848 or email employmentsupport@ongo.co.uk

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