12 Jul BLOG: Chloe’s Story
We are pleased to announce that one of our wonderful Oakleaf At Home artists, Chloe has secured a new role working for the Guildford Safe Haven as a Peer Support Worker at Oakleaf HQ!
She shares with us what working at Oakleaf At Home has meant to her:
“My time with Oakleaf At Home has been a wonderfully positive, varied and interesting experience. From day one I was made to feel part of the team. I felt welcomed by all staff and encouraged by my mentor, who has been fantastic with helping me to navigate this journey of running a small business.
I have thoroughly enjoyed coming into work each week as I have such lovely co-workers. Also, knowing that our work directly helps people living with mental ill-health inspired me to think creatively, problem solve, offer new ideas to the team, and successfully navigate the issues that arose while running a small business.
My contract was initially set for six months but was extended to a further three months. I have worked with Oakleaf At Home for over a year, and I have learned so many invaluable skills going forward. I plan on staying in touch with the team to see how the social enterprise evolves over time.
It felt very rewarding having the opportunity to help my Upholstery co-workers and clients with their anxieties and self-doubts. I loved hearing how they overcame issues and stresses they were experiencing.
My confidence has grown hugely since working for Oakleaf At Home. I have certainly battled with my anxieties, but I now feel so much more confident in myself and have secured a new role as Peer Support Worker within Oakleaf Enterprise, which means I can officially move forward into the next chapter of my life.
I now have the opportunity to pass on my knowledge and experiences to those issues and help others’ build towards a life worth living however that may look for them.”
To find out more about our mission to help individuals build new futures and get back into work, visit: www.oakleafathome.com
To read Chloe’s full story, starting from when she first became a client at Oakleaf, click here.