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I get to choose when and where I work

Anthony has historically found it very difficult to get a job due to health issues. We gave Anthony inspiration, resources and guidance about starting a business. He has now set up a ‘Man and Van’ delivery and light removals [...]

Flexible working solution suits Mark

Mark suffers a long-term illness that makes it very difficult for him to get and keep a job. His passion is creating amazing, military-scale models. He met with the Learning Links team and was matched with a new, [...]

Volunteering has been invaluable for my career

Ivy came to Learning Links to get help with her career. She met with one of our careers advisors who talked through her options. Ivy mentioned that she was looking to gain some work experience to assist with her AT [...]

I was struggling to get a job because of my age

Sharon, who is over 50, had an accident that left her in pain and out of work.  During this time, she felt horribly incapacitated and lonely.  When she felt able, she returned to work. However, she struggled to fulfil the [...]

Creating mental health champions

Healthwatch was asked by an older man in ill health, and his daughter (the main carer), to support them in their difficulties with the community health team. His poor health was resulting in repeated hospital admissions and he had Nursing [...]

Healthwatch involvement was crucial in providing a strong voice of challenge to agencies

Healthwatch contributed to a recent case review panel to ensure that agency action is challenged and to identify areas for change. Through its wider work, the service understands that parents of children with newly diagnosed disabilities experience a range of [...]

“Fergus worked tirelessly and diligently to collate all details for the complaint”

“I have had the extremely good fortune to have been assisted by Fergus Cameron of Portsmouth Health Watch.” We were delighted to receive this fantastic feedback from one of Healthwatch’s clients about Fergus who is one of our [...]

I couldn’t face taking my three boys out alone

“I just want to say how much non-violent resistance (NVR) really does work! Over a year I would get hit daily by my six year old son. He would have outburst after outburst without explanation. I'm not afraid to admit [...]

I didn’t know what I wanted to do

Joe, who was long-term unemployed, was referred to Learning Links by the Job Centre after having an assessment for depression. Joe said, "At first I had no plan, and no idea what I wanted to do. Without taking action through [...]

I wouldn’t be spending as much time playing with the children

Simon and Shelley’s son Kieran was displaying challenging behaviour, mainly at home. He was aggressive and despite trying to improve it, he resisted any change. Kieran suffers with epilepsy and they struggled to find the right tools to deal with [...]

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