A new job has hit just the right note for band player Kelly Allen from Bury who is celebrating being employed in 2020 after being out-of-work for 16 years. Kelly is partially sighted and has dyspraxia, which affects her mobility.

When not now working as a pupil escort for disabled students at Bury Council, she plays the drums in a local band of blind and partially sighted musicians. "I am finally making progress again with my life,” said delighted 39 year-old Kelly, who was supported into her current role by Working Well (Work and Health Programme).

Delivered by Ingeus, it provides employability support to individuals with disabilities and health conditions. “I was so depressed after being out of work for so long,” said Kelly. “I felt that my dyspraxia and visual impairment were a barrier to finding work and I would never get a job."

Kelly attended a workshop on how to disclose her health conditions, updated her CV and attended one-to-one sessions with a mental health practitioner, in addition to completing an IT qualification.

Kelly added: “I have felt for so long that I was just standing still and not achieving anything. You can’t give up; we can all make a contribution and develop our lives."