Friday 27th April 2012
A woman who has struggled to find employment due to chronic nerve pain is back at work thanks to a disability charity.
Fiona McQuillan had been out of work for six months before she turned to the Shaw Trust for help.
Fiona, from Newton Mearns, joined the trust's Work Choice Programme, a Government initiative helping people with disabilities in Glasgow into employment.
After receiving support from a charity advisor and help with interview skills and CV writing, she secured a placement with property agency Mac Flats.
And owner Derek MacIntosh was so pleased with her performance during the four-week placement that he offered her a paid position.
She said: "I was beginning to feel very despondent about the job market and my future employment prospects. I felt I needed some direction and support, which is exactly what Shaw Trust provided.
"I am enjoying work and feel I am managing it well with my nerve pain. I would recommend the Work Choice programme without hesitation, and am grateful to Shaw Trust and Mac Flats for giving me this opportunity."
Derek said: "I was impressed with Shaw Trust and delighted to be in a position to provide the opportunity for somebody to return to work. Through Shaw Trust Fiona came for a trial period, and is now employed as a part-time accountancy administrator.
"The exercise has been very successful and I would recommend other companies explore the possibilities to use Shaw Trust."