About Me

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Cromer, Norfolk, United Kingdom




I'm a former hospital radio/club/mobile DJ, avid record collector and amateur musician (playing guitar, keyboards, recorder, harmonica and percussion.) I've even filled in on bass guitar for a couple of local bands as well (although that was quite a few years ago). Also interested in Motorsports, Wrestling/Mixed Martial Arts and Classic Television and Radio from the 1960s - 1980s.

Why am I on here? Well, I'm just trying to make some sense of life before it's too late...but who cares anyway?

Sunday, 28 July 2013

"Free at last!"

My time on the Work Programme finally comes to an end tomorrow, when I pop into Cromer Jobcentre to go through some paperwork and discuss my activities while I've been on the scheme.  Mind you, that second bit's going to be damn near impossible - and those of you who have seen my last few posts will know exactly what has (or hasn't) happened in the last few months.  Good example here - during my final appointment at Ingeus, my new advisor (for one day only, I might add) asked me about anything that was preventing me from getting a job.  So I mentioned the various mental health issues I'd had in the past.

"Have you had any help from us with those?" she asked?

"No. It was never even offered to begin with." I replied, going on to mention that I had been on beta-blockers for the last year to control the panic attacks.  (yep, they certainly missed that one, despite the fact that I had mentioned the problems right at the beginning of the programme, so a note to that effect was on file, yet, absolutely nothing had been done about them.)

Anyway, the whole thing lasted less than ten minutes, after which I was packed off with a copy of my exit report. The jobcentre should have received their copy by the time of my appointment tomorrow, but I doubt that it'll give much information as all it says is "this client is work-ready."

In the meantime the jobsearch continues at home, but I now have a more than welcome distraction on Tuesdays - I'm doing voluntary work again, but this time I'm an office support volunteeer at "About With Friends",  a charity based in Cromer which helps people with learning difficulties.   It's been going well so far, and the people there are a bloody nice bunch to work with (which is a bonus).

Oh well, onwards and upwards I suppose...