Jeff came to Step Forward in March 2017. He was in his 50s but hadn't worked since the age of 16. Jeff had left school early and struggled with English and maths. He had suffered with ill health most of his adult life and when was referred to Step Forward Tees Valley he felt useless and thought he had no chance at of moving forward.
He had little ambition and some financial issues which were a concern. His navigator Lisa worked with him to build his confidence and helped Jeff to enrol in a English and maths courses. He really enjoyed the courses and this inspired him to have aspirations for the future.
Jeff always had a passion for cooking and loved to cook for family and friends but never had the confidence to pursue it as a career. Receiving the support from Step Forward helped him find that confidence and he is now enrolled at Hartlepool College to start a culinary skills course.