Reece overcomes anxiety over Tourette's and ADHD

“Links to Work is a great place to go if you struggle like I did. It’s given me so much more confidence for getting out and about.” -- Reece Faulkner, Dorset customer.

Why Reece joined the Links to Work programme

Reece fell into the typical pattern of sticking with education and going to college after finishing school. Attending college involved a lot of travel but most of it all, it just wasn’t for him. He dropped out halfway through the course and started claiming benefits.

Reece’s Jobcentre plus coach referred him to the Links to Work programme for help securing the right kind of employment. Reece lacked confidence and awareness of the local job market so he knew he could benefit from our support in getting over these issues.

How Links to Work helped

As with all our customers Reece was assigned his own personal consultant. Emma Davis, Dorset’s Senior Consultant, set up an informal meeting with Reece in order to get to know him, understand his issues when it comes to finding a job, and start building a package of support tailored to Reece’s situation.

Reece slowly felt comfortable enough to open up to Emma and expand on some of his issues, which included having Tourette’s and ADHD. With these issues came a lot of associated confidence issues. Reece’s lack of confidence and low self-esteem was so bad he had a very hard time talking to new people and couldn't even contemplate a customer-facing role. 

Emma provided support with his CV and helped him to apply for vacancies in the local community. Reece wasn’t ready for the workplace yet but simply attending the sessions, building a relationship with Emma and the rest of the Links to Work team helped to improve his confidence.

Getting the job

Eventually, Reece felt near job-ready and it was time to consider attending interview. They applied for a Customer Assistant position at a national retailer and Reece was offered an interview.

Reece was nervous but Emma was on-hand to help with preparation. Conducting mock interviews so he was equipped with practised answers to typical interview questions and providing emotional support.

Reece attended and was successful, starting work in October 2018.

Mrs Faulkner (Reece's mum) said: "If it wasn't for Links to Work, my son wouldn't be  working and be in a better place. He is meeting new people and has a new lease of life as he has grown more confident.”

Reece added: “I joined Links to Work to help me search for work as I have ADHD and Tourette’s and struggle to do things most would not. They helped me overcome a lot of obstacles that I struggled with and helped me to find a job. I’ve been very lucky to have had a great adviser, Emma.”

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