Shannon said: “It felt brilliant when Shaun, the manager, told me I’d got the job! I never thought I’d find work, this is my first job. It’s excellent!”Talking about the difference the Supported Internship had made to her life, she continued: “I feel really happy. Great. Confident! I don’t feel nervous when I’m talking to other people now, I feel confident. I’m out more with my friends, both from college and from Medlock.”

Her generous nature shined when asked what she’d be spending her pay on: “Clothes, new shoes. A pink cap. I want to treat my friend Mel and her boyfriend Dave to a night out bowling!”

Stacey Andrew, Shannon’s Tutor from Tameside College said: “At the start of the programme, Shannon would seek reassurance all the time and showed little confidence in herself. The impact of the Internship has been phenomenal for Shannon; her self esteem and self assurance has really developed, and she’s interacting with confidence.”

Shannon’s Key Worker and Mentor at Active Tameside told us: “Its great to see how Shannon has developed since she started on the Supported Internship. She’s excellent with the children and I feel so proud that she has a paid job; she’s so willing to learn and to help!”

Mum Gill said: “Shannon would not be where she is today if it wasn’t for the help and support from Pure Innovations, the Supported Internship and Active Medlock.”

The Supported Internship is run in partnership with Active Tameside, Pure Innovations, Tameside Council, and Tameside College.