A partnership between a Bury St Edmunds company and rehabilitation charity Workwise has turned the life of a Great Livermere man around.
Jon Christie, 32, is back in work for the first time in many years.
The father of five suffered severe depression and anxiety due to work related issues 10 years ago which damaged his ab ility to work and caused the breakdown of his relationship with the mother of his children.
Thanks to an innovative scheme launched last year, Workwise in Bury St Edmunds, part of the charity Papworth Trust, has been working with IT assets management company Network 2 Supplies.
Workwise trainees are offered work placements at the company and in Jon’s case this led to a full time job.
“Due to my illness my life had spiralled out of control, I couldn’t face going to work. I basically stayed at home all the time and rarely went out. In the end my illness caused the breakdown of my relationship and I now live with my father,” said Jon.
“My life changed due to the partnership between Workwise and Network 2 Supplies. Gaining full-time employment again has changed my life completely.”
Jack Gomarsall, managing director at Network 2 Supplies, said, “Although we are now a global company we are very much a community minded organisation. In Jon’s case we were delighted to give him an opportunity. He has been a credit to himself and the company and he fully deserved his appointment.”
Workwise supports people with mental ill health providing training so they can return to work.