A deaf woman from Rotherham has found work, some 20 years after her last job, thanks to a course at Doncaster Deaf Trust.
Leone Green, aged 40, from Swinton, stopped working when she had children, now aged 16 and 13, and struggled to find a job when she wanted to return to work. The JobCentre referred her to Specialist Employability Support (SES) at Doncaster Deaf Trust. During her time there, Leone, who became deaf at the age of two, applied for many jobs in and around the local area.
Despite several knockbacks she remained determined to find a job. The team from Doncaster Deaf Trust kept in touch following her course and alerted her to a vacancy at Little Learners Day Nursery, which is on-site at the Deaf Trust. Leone said: “I had a very positive interview with communication support from my Doncaster Deaf Trust work coach and was offered the job!
“I am now a member of the domestic team and work every day at the nursery between 5pm and 8pm and I am really enjoying it. I can’t believe that I have finally got a job and it is one that I love.” Leone is now a valued member of the domestic team and the trust coaches meet regularly with the presentation supervisor to ensure Leone and the team are supported.
Jenny Atkinson, from Doncaster Deaf Trust’s SES team, said: “We are thrilled for Leone that her hard work and determination paid off and that she was able to secure a job. “We are on hand to offer intervention or communication aid whenever required. Leone continues to meet with the Doncaster Deaf Trust work coaches, to assist her in all areas, for a chat over a coffee. “Leone is happy and very proud that she is now a working member of society and her employer is extremely pleased with how she has developed and progressed and looks forward to a long and successful relationship.”