Success at last for Donna – The Mercury

Read a success story about a Jobfind job seeker, Donna Nicolle-Foley, featured in the Mercury on 21 July 2014.

Donna Nicolle-Foley now manages the Lifeline tip shop at Spreyton. Here she works with volunteers Malcolm Oldham, Ben Carson and Terrie-Lee Williams. Picture: Chris Kidd
Donna Nicolle-Foley now manages the Lifeline tip shop at Spreyton. Here she works with volunteers Malcolm Oldham, Ben Carson and Terrie-Lee Williams. Picture: Chris Kidd

By Helen Kempton

From long-term unemployed to a supervisor managing a team in a popular op-shop, Donna Nicolle-Foley has come a long way.

Ms Nicolle-Foley had been unemployed for many years when she approached Jobfind as a shy and unconfident jobseeker. That was 2009.

In 2012 she began work experience at the Lifeline shop at Spreyton.

After finishing her initial placement, Ms Nicolle-Foley came back as a volunteer worker at the store and undertook various Ready4Work and LearnNow modules to further develop her skills and knowledge of the retail industry.

While volunteering, and searching for paid work, a position became available at the shop and because of her detailed and well-presented CV and her previous enthusiasm, she gained her first interview in more than a decade.

She is now a supervisor and working 20 hours a week.

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