“I am back to work" #iamstepforward 

Rachel's story

"I found out about Step Forward Tees Valley through Mind as I was accessing the support there. I needed extra support for some of the other barriers that was stopping me reach employment.
 

I came in and met my navigator Lisa who explained the programme, discussed my barriers and how it could support me to step in the right direction.
 

Step Forward helped me set up meetings with Citizens Advice, Mind and Changing Lives to help me get the support I needed.
 

I got support from all the agencies – they helped me financially, with my mental health and to find me work placements.
 

Changing Lives and Step Forward Tees Valley supported me to gain a placement with Marks and Spencer which has now led onto full-time employment which I am very grateful for." 

FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND AND THE NATIONAL LOTTERY COMMUNITY FUND