James and The Rug Seller

James and The Rug Seller

When James joined Mustard Tree he had been out of work for a number of years and wanted to gain confidence and work-ready skills.

James was an existing client of Mustard Tree’s and found out about the Freedom Project during one of his regular visits to the Food Club. Though keen to find work, he had two young children at home, one with special needs, and didn’t know how to write a CV or search for appropriate jobs. He lacked confidence and felt that he needed to develop his skills before re-entering employment. Upon hearing about the project, James was very keen to join.

James wanted to learn as much as he could during his time here and so took advantage of the courses and training that were on offer. As well as doing his COSHH and Food Hygiene Level 2, James asked to be trained on our till system so that he could serve other clients and arrange deliveries.

The feedback that James received from staff, volunteers and clients was always fantastic and he enjoyed his time at Eccles so much that he extended his two volunteering days a week to four. As James’s confidence grew, so did his enthusiasm to gain as much experience as possible during his time with Mustard Tree. He asked if he could work in the warehouse as a Driver’s Mate in our Ancoats hub one day a week and he was a wonderful addition to their team.

James was offered the opportunity to start a two-week placement with ‘The Rug Seller’, working in their warehouse picking and packing department.

“James is great! From day one he got stuck in and needed little direction. He picked it all up so quickly and we are delighted to offer him a role with us! He will be a valuable addition to the team.”

James, Manager, The Rug Seller

At the end of his two-week placement James was offered a temporary contract with The Rug Seller which he happily accepted, after only three months on the Freedom Project.

James is grateful for all of the support that has received from The Mustard Tree and thanks them for helping him secure a new job role – something that he doesn’t think he could have done without the opportunity to learn, gain experience and build confidence first. He has promises that he will be back to visit the Eccles team soon!