Here at Team Domenica we are proud to be making a
real difference not only to our candidates’ lives but also
to those in our wider community. Check out some of our
success stories here.

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Success
Stories

Zac

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Zac

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Zac

“I am very happy as I love working. I’m a baker so I’m so pleased that Team Domenica helped me to get a job making cakes for the afternoon teas at The Grand hotel.”

When Zac first joined Team Domenica, he had high levels of anxiety and found it hard to be in group situations. Lacking in confidence, he found social interaction very difficult, often isolating himself from others and choosing not to take part in activities.

We quickly recognised Zac’s potential as a natural and talented baker. Through in-house work experience at Café Domenica and taking part in our enrichment programme, Zac’s ability to manage his anxiety and difficult situations greatly improved. Our supported employment programme offered him high levels of social interaction and continued to develop his communication skills, confidence and independence.Based on his career aspirations, our Employment Centre matched Zac to a supported internship with partnered employer The Grand hotel. With ongoing support to Zac and the employer, a permanent position of paid employment was offered.

“What an eye-opener, a journey I thought I’d never take, but so very glad I did. Working with Zac has taught me so much about myself and he has been an inspiration – his dedication, commitment and confidence has grown to unbelievable heights, to which I applaud him, it is an absolute pleasure to offer Zac a position at The Grand hotel.” Alan White, Executive Chef, The Grand

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Katrina

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Katrina

 “Team Domenica has helped me to build up my confidence and made me feel good in myself. I’m really enjoying my work at the Co-op and feeling a part of the team.”

Prior to joining Team Domenica, Katrina had applied for a number of jobs and despite having a strong skills base, was unsuccessful.  This rejection led to a huge loss of personal confidence.

Team Domenica has since helped a very fragile Katrina to build resilience through training in the Café and various enrichment programmes. Significantly, making mistakes in the Café and learning how to recover from them have hugely boosted Katrina’s confidence.

The support and training given have seen Katrina flourish, so much so that she is now an ambassador for Team Domenica, and a kind and empathetic peer mentor to less-able candidates in the programme.

Through Team Domenica’s Employer Partnerships Scheme, Katrina’s work-experience placements have helped her to develop the communication and social skills that she is now confidently using on the shop floor at the Co-op.

With ongoing support from her job coach, provided by Team Domenica, Katrina has successfully integrated into the staff team there and is now receiving further training to widen her skill set for other roles.

Written by Team Domenica volunteer writer Julie Middleton

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Natasha

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Natasha

“I am the first person to get paid work at Team Domenica. I have never in my life been first at anything, it’s such a brilliant feeling. It’s great to feel valued.”

Natasha came to Team Domenica with little work experience, but with aspirations for paid work.

Confident, kind and talkative,  her in-house placement and training at Team Domenica have given Natasha the additional skills needed to secure a placement ideally suited to her natural abilities. Working in the Café and role play exercises helped significantly improve Natasha’s communication and listening skills, essential for effective and professional customer service.

Natasha now works on one of the doughnut stalls on Brighton Pier. With the support of her job coach, she has found it easy to develop strategies to rise to any new challenges and her initial placement quickly consolidated into three shifts of fully paid work. Brighton Pier has remarked that her exemplary reliability and timekeeping have been a real asset over busy weekend periods. Natasha is now saving for a deposit on a flat with her fiancé.

Building on her customer service skills and with increased confidence, Natasha is now also working as a part-time receptionist for Team Domenica, answering the phones and passing on messages.

Written by Team Domenica volunteer writer Julie Middleton