I first came to ABS after becoming unemployed due to the pandemic. I was working on a practice designing cinemas but when cinema projects were stopped, I was made redundant.
Looking for work is a full-time job in itself and I was searching from Monday through Sunday. Despite working as an architect for twenty years, I was facing obstacles because of my lack of specific experience and specific software knowledge.
Universal Credit was providing me with enough support to pass by one month to the next, but I was worried about how I would pay for any additional expenses beyond rent and food.
Then I became aware of ABS. I spoke to Aidan [ABS Welfare Officer] who understood my situation and was able to provide the financial support I needed, as well as signposting me to Renovo for helpful job search resources.