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Anita Eales

Anita Eales

My name is Anita Eales

I am 46 and I volunteer for Manor & Castle Development Trust one day a week providing administrative help. 

"I worked as an optical dispenser for over 20 years with the same company, until I was made redundent.  After such a long time working for one company I felt it was time for a change and a new career ."

A friend suggested volunteering at Manor & Castle Development Trust as they needed an administration assistant one day a week. 

I had applied for other administration jobs before coming to Manor and Castle but found that they all needed experience or qualifications which I didn't have.  It had been so long since I had done any form of training or qualifications I had no confidence in myself.  I feared I would be rejected.

Whilst working at Manor and Castle I've had so many opportunities offered to me.  I'm currently doing a literacy and numeracy class , practicing my PC skills, such as e-mail and internet on the job, am doing the Steps to Excellence Course and have completed a NOCN level 1 word processing course.  All this had helped me in so many ways.  I'm boosting my confidence and self belief, upgrading my CV and am keen to learn again.

I've realised my own self worth and learnt to find time for myself.  I am now looking forward to the future and using the skills that I have gained from this job to move forward into paid employment.

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