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Pendleton Together resident finds route back into work

Winnie Page, a 64 year old Pendleton Together resident, had spent her lifetime working in retail until two years ago when she found herself unemployed and struggling to get back on her feet.

Winnie spent two years applying for job after job with no luck. She had a strong employment history but felt disadvantaged: “I felt as though my age was against me. It was hard having no salary and it was really frustrating that I couldn’t get past the online applications.”

Struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel, Winnie turned to John Jordan, our Skills and Employment Coordinator. John encouraged Winnie to attend the Employment and Training drop-in session held at Brotherton House in partnership with SEARCH, a council funded recruitment service which could help her find work.

Not one to back down, Winnie continued to give it her all and attended a two day Customer Service course delivered by Pendleton Together and SEARCH. This course was tailored to support Salford residents with every step of the job application process, including interview techniques and meeting employer’s needs. Recruitment Managers from McDonalds, Iceland and Smyth’s Toys attended the course where they met the enthusiastic candidates face to face and helped them understand the roles and requirements.

With her new found confidence and skills, Winnie attended her first interview where she immediately impressed Roisin, Recruitment Manager at McDonalds, and was offered a position in the Customer Care team on the spot.

Pendleton Together and SEARCH supported Winnie with her transition into work and provided her with benefit advice. Winnie soon settled into her role, which put her in a better financial situation with the hours McDonalds could give her each month.

“I am very happy to be back in work”, says Winnie. “My colleagues are so friendly and it’s a great place to work. I enjoy coming to work each day. I’d like to say a big thank you to John and Mandy for their support, the Customer Service course was great and I learnt a lot from it. I am so happy that I decided to take part and was able to gain employment.”

John Jordan said: “It was extremely rewarding to be a part of Winnie’s Journey. Along with 15 other Salford residents she completed our course and gained employment. I am excited to be involved in the next project, which will help residents into Social Care work.”

Mandy Shepherd from SEARCH said: “SEARCH work in partnership with Pendleton Together to provide support and employment opportunities for Salford residents. Winnie’s story is a prime example of how we work together to achieve.”

If you are interested in taking part in our Social Care course, or would like to reach out to John Jordan for employment and skills support, you can contact him on 0300 555 5567 or email him at

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