"It's my turn to do something for myself"

Working together at One Housing is key to helping our residents reach their aspirations. Here read about how we’ve helped Manuella, a floating support customer who now, through our employment and training service, has secured full time work.

Working together at One Housing is key to helping our residents reach their aspirations. Here read about how we’ve helped Manuella, a floating support customer who now, through our employment and training service, has secured full time work.

Manuella Morrice is a customer of our Islington floating support service; she was referred to One Housing’s Employment and Partnerships service after she decided it was time to get her first job.

The team helped Manualla to get onto a few training courses as she had always wanted to work in the hospitality sector, but lacked skills and confidence. She passed courses in Food safety & Hygiene level 1, Life Skills and also qualified with the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICS).

With one-to-one support from her employment advisor Aryam, she started volunteering with Caterplus, Arlington’s onsite catering provider. Volunteering gave Manuella both practical and theoretical skills to improve her chances of finding work.

After volunteering for a month, Manuella is now working full-time as a kitchen assistant for Caterplus, which caters for Arlington Conference Centre, as well as the residents at Arlington.

Manuella says: “I did a few courses at Arlington and the team encouraged me to further develop myself and it took off from there. I started volunteering with Caterplus, which has been great and has helped me secure work – without volunteering, I don’t think I would have found a job."

“I feel great now I’m working full-time: I love my job. My children are really proud of me and it’s my turn to do something for myself. The team’s help was fantastic and has really made a real difference.”