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I am certainly not a lazy scrounger!

In 2009, after 25 years in full-time employment, I was unfairly dismissed. I tried fighting for my job but after six months fighting my health made it impossible to work.

I tried working for another company, but couldn’t handle the worry and fear from losing my job. In the end I was hospitalised and had to give up work. With no money coming in I lost friends, my flat, motorbike and returned to Leeds. I managed to get a place in a hostel and am trying to get my life back on track.

I can’t return to my previous career as my employer wouldn’t give me a good reference. I had achieved a level 4 qualification in health and social care management and was training to be an NVQ assessor. My employers refused to give me my certificates for my qualifications so i have no proof to get another job.

I’ve been slowly getting better and learning crafts in my spare time. Last year I got a teaching qualification. I wanted to get the next level, but I needed a degree in my subject.

I’ve just finished my first year at Huddersfield University – am on course for a first. I recently came 2nd in the Bradford Textile Society competition. I teach crafts to vulnerable adults and I run a knitting group in Leeds. I want to have my own business making my own yarns and selling my own knitting patterns.

I am certainly not a lazy scrounger!

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I am certainly not a lazy scrounger!

In 2009, after 25 years in full-time employment, I was unfairly dismissed. I tried fighting for my job but after six months fighting my health made it impossible to work.

I tried working for another company, but couldn’t handle the worry and fear from losing my job. In the end I was hospitalised and had to give up work. With no money coming in I lost friends, my flat, motorbike and returned to Leeds. I managed to get a place in a hostel and am trying to get my life back on track.

I can’t return to my previous career as my employer wouldn’t give me a good reference. I had achieved a level 4 qualification in health and social care management and was training to be an NVQ assessor. My employers refused to give me my certificates for my qualifications so i have no proof to get another job.

I’ve been slowly getting better and learning crafts in my spare time. Last year I got a teaching qualification. I wanted to get the next level, but I needed a degree in my subject.

I’ve just finished my first year at Huddersfield University – am on course for a first. I recently came 2nd in the Bradford Textile Society competition. I teach crafts to vulnerable adults and I run a knitting group in Leeds. I want to have my own business making my own yarns and selling my own knitting patterns.

I am certainly not a lazy scrounger!

“I managed to get a place in a hostel and am trying to get my life back on track”