Marva-lous New Job for Grandmother

1 Oct 2017 Marva-lous New Job for Grandmother

A Lambeth grandmother has proved that it’s never too late to find work, after securing a new job in the health and social care industry.

Marva Gordon aged 58, is back in work with local employer, Jewish Care, following support through APM’s delivery of the Working Capital programme.

It ends a period of unemployment in which Marva has suffered the impact of depression and crippling physical pain caused by a severe and enduring health condition.

“This job has given me a much better outlook for the future,” said Marva. “I feel upbeat on most days and I look forward to getting up in the mornings. This feeling can only be achieved by being in work!”

Marva had enjoyed a 20-year career in the public sector that ended with redundancy during the financial crash.

Losing work coincided with family bereavement and the deterioration in a health condition through which Marva’s arms frequently dislocate, causing extreme and agonising pain.

Whilst waiting for an operation, Marva was referred to APM for specialist support.

The company's Working Capital team helped Marva to prepare a C.V, develop IT skills and meet a healthcare professional to talk about her condition. We even arranged Marva to meet with partner employer, Jewish Care, to discuss a suitable role.

“I was told that Jewish Care would love to offer me a supervisory role with the catering section, which would be a newly created role just for me,” explained Marva.

“My eyes welled up and I couldn’t stop from shedding a tear!

“I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to the APM Working Capital team who have supported me throughout my journey. Your support will never be forgotten.”


Notes to editors: APM is an international business established in 1994. We provide a range of services to people, places and business to create and improve skills, employment, and health and wellbeing.

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