Mary Jones, 60 from Penrhosgarnedd had worked in Debenhams, Bangor for 18 years. Due to the store closure on May 4th, 2021, Mary was made redundant.
Aware of the store closure, Môn CF mentors decided to visit the store to offer employment support to the staff who were facing redundancy. Mary wasn’t really looking for alternative work at the time but decided to make the most of the support service on offer and signed up with us.
Mary was assigned to Rhian Jones, our Gwynedd based Employment Support Mentor. Rhian assisted Mary with writing her CV and job searching.
We recently went to visit Mary at work, here’s what she said:
“Rhian was great, she was lovely. The way she sat there and just said “talk to me, tell me what you’ve been doing” and she reassured me that I’d done plenty, and I realised that I do have something to offer. She did it in a really nice way, just chatting. It’s not until you start talking, you realise what you’ve actually done, I thought “who would want me at this age?”. But it boosted my confidence at the time.”
As Mary had worked in retail for years, she was keen to find another job in this field as she enjoyed it. During the face-to-face job search sessions at the Bangor office, Rhian and Mary found a job at James Weaver Pringles in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll.
Mary said, “Rhian started on my CV, and helped with the application form, then I got to interview. I’m now working 20 hours over three days at Pringles in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. It’s nice and friendly, a lovely place to work.”