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From despair to a positive future thanks to pedal power


A Warrington man has turned his life around thanks to sheer willpower, support from the Special Employment Service (SES) programme and pedal power by getting on his bike for job interviews!

Until recently, Michael Murphy hadn’t worked for many years due to various issues, which included having problems with reading and writing. This had been a milestone he’d carried around throughout his life. Michael had also suffered the personal trauma of a marriage breakup (and separation from his beloved dog), which left him feeling depressed and doubtful about the future.

Michael joined the Special Employment Service (SES) programme, which is delivered by Groundwork CLM, because he wanted to get back into work and turn his life around. As well as tackling some of the barriers that were holding him back, Groundwork staff also encouraged Michael to think about the number of things that he had going for him. His likeable personality, his commitment and his sheer desire to get a job became key factors in him eventually finding work.

For most of his working life Michael had been employed in cleaning jobs. With the help of Groundwork, Michael was able to update and remould his CV. He was also encouraged to apply for every cleaning job that came up in his area. As a non-driver, Michael cycled to every appointment, whatever the weather and he was never late or missed a meeting. It wasn’t too long before his determination and tenacity was rewarded and he was offered a job.

Michael started work as a morning cleaner and hasn’t looked back since. His employer was so pleased with his work, that he was seconded to other cleaning jobs in the afternoon (within cycling distance). He now works full-time and can often be seen cycling through the streets of Warrington, going from one job to the other, always on time and always ready to do a good job.

Michael’s life has been altered in the past few months and his self-esteem and confidence are noticeably improving by the day.

Michael says “I’m so pleased and grateful for the help and assistance I’ve received from the SES programme and Groundwork. They’ve been with me all the way, even finding me a suitable cycle route to make sure I get to my cleaning jobs without a hitch and on time.”

“Without the SES programme and the help I’ve received from Groundwork, I’d still be struggling in a depressed life with nothing to look forward to. I’m really looking forward to the future now and ready for what life throws at me. Bring it on!”


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