Case studies

Marilyn's story

Marilyn was keen to start a new career in office work so applied for an admin role with the charity. She'd never worked in an office environment before, and remembers how nervous she felt before her interview.

"Before I came I was really nervous about what the people at Sue Ryder would think about me as they knew I was in prison. I was worried about whether or not they would see me as a person and not as a prisoner. I didn’t know if I’d fit into an office and how I’d get on with the people who worked there. I was really anxious about whether or not I’d be able to cope with the work as I hadn’t done anything like it before."

So how did you feel when the time came for your interview, was it as nerve-racking as you thought?

"Everyone's reactions to me were really positive. I didn't feel odd at all and felt that I was accepted and treated just like everyone else. Everything that I was worried about turned out not to be true."

Once Marilyn started her work with Sue Ryder, she quickly settled in and became a popular and valued member of the office.

"Everything was really different to how I thought it would be. Everyone was really nice and it was good to feel I fitted in with people of all ages and backgrounds. I learned loads of different things working in different parts of the office."

Do you think you have changed since starting volunteering with us?

"Yes, definitely. I was really timid and nervous when I started, and now my confidence has grown dramatically. I didn’t think that anyone would want to employ me and was really worried about what I was able to do.

"Now I have found out that I am capable of far more than I ever thought and I’m not anxious about my future any more. Before I would have aimed at a much lower level type of job but working here has been a real eye-opener, I have now completely changed my outlook about work and my future.

"I'm more determined than ever to succeed and to go on to lead a happy life, and I’m confident and excited about my future. And this is all because of the opportunity given to me by Sue Ryder. Without this chance my future could have been very different."