Following my application, I also had a visit from a Ben Fund representative, Clive Onions, to discuss my situation and offer advice and support. This was really helpful.
I was amazed to be offered a financial grant over 6 months, to help me temporarily while I got back on my feet. I hadn’t expected this. It meant I was secure with my accommodation and I could hang on to my car, which was very important because it meant I could get to interviews. The financial support also helped me with my mental health and gave me peace of mind for a few months.
As well as receiving financial support, Martin also accessed the Back to Work career coaching service to get a fresh approach on finding a new job. He had 6 coaching sessions, where he was able to talk to someone about the job search and interview process.
It really helped to know there was someone to speak to. He was a good listener and picked up very quickly what I was after and the type of role I was looking for. The coaching made a difference and lifted my mood somewhat. I’m now in work again and enjoying my new role.