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What single parents say

 

  Ceri’s story

Quotes from single parents

"Your programme really helped me, boosted my confidence and gave me the willpower to go out there and do what I enjoy. I am now employed full-time as a care worker." – Gina

“My children are my number one priority, but my life does not revolve around tidying up and being at home anymore! I discovered that I can do it - I can hold everything together.” – Karen

“I've got much more confidence now - inwardly and outwardly. I used to be the person cowering in the corner. Now, in my job, I'm the meeter and greeter!” – Julie

“I've changed as a result of the Marks & Spencer scheme. I've come out of my shell. I'm not as shy and have even joined a gym!” – Sandra

“Being a lone parent you tend to just be in the company of children so it’s nice to be in the company of adults.  The trainer was clear at answering all our questions and gave us all tips on getting back into work” – Charlie

“Many thanks for the help and support you have given me on this programme, it is greatly appreciated.  I have enjoyed every minute and look forward to my work placement.  Thank you for giving me such a great opportunity to rebuild my life.” – Kay

“Just a thank you for giving me a chance to shine in the work place and proving my worth.” – Max

Stories from single parents

Training boosted my confidence

Keisha talks about how taking a placement on a Gingerbread course helped her gain self-confidence and work towards her dream of becoming a qualified accountant.

The nicest place I've worked

Roxanne describes her experiences on the Marks & Start course, which combines pre-employability training with a two week work placement, usually in a retail environment

Training was a real life changer

Wendy signed up for a course run by Gingerbread which combines employability training with a work placement. Here, she tells us about her experience.