We are delighted to report another success for one of our trainees from the latest CUFC Community Sports Trust Traineeship cohort.
Kaylee Cox was refereed onto the traineeship programme to help increase her confidence and career prospects; she has faced many challenges in her life which had taken a toll on her confidence and self-esteem.
The traineeship provided her with the opportunity to embrace a new chapter in her life.
As part of the traineeship we sourced a work placement for Kaylee in the adult social care sector as this was a profession she had expressed an interest in.
Kaylee immediately excelled in her role as volunteer additional needs care assistant at Heathlands; she helped to support young adults with additional needs in various daily activities from taking part in art projects, cookery, wellbeing classes, exercise, external visits, and bingo!
One of Heathlands service users (Brian) is a huge CUFC fan and wanted to showcase his knowledge of the club by creating a poster.
Kaylee helped Brian with this and organised at visit from John Halpin (CST manager) so Brian could present him with his creation.
During her 12-week placement Kaylee’s empathic, calming nature shone through and she soon built up a great rapport with the service users and staff.
As a result of her kind, caring, compassionate nature and 100% commitment and dedication to the programme Heathlands offered Kaylee a contract of employment, which also includes training for Kaylee to obtain the Care Certificate qualification.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Heathlands particularly Heathlands operational manager Mike Borgia and office manager Eleanor Farquharson for their continued support for our traineeship programme.
CST traineeship coordinator Teresa Mulholland said: "We are thrilled for Kaylee. Her confidence and whole mindset has now changed. This opportunity will not only impact her economic future but her social and emotional future too."
Vicky Lowney, TYSO Cumbria County Council, said: "Kaylee's attendance and engagement on the traineeship has encouraged her to reach new heights of achievement by enabling her to recognise and build on her already pre-existing skills and abilities.
"The work experience and support provided via the traineeship has increased Kaylee's self-esteem and confidence which will impact positively on her economic future and emotional wellbeing."