Not John Sennett – this is another John

“When my daughter was two years old I gave up my full‑time employment to become a full‑time Dad as I had split up with my partner. I wanted to be there for my daughter until she started school.”

“Lisa, a Family Support Worker from City Limits (they have a Job Club here every Monday afternoon) worked with me for 6‑8 months. She helped me write a CV but more importantly to gain my confidence again. My energy levels and motivation were really low. She got me a place on a Food & Hygiene Course run by TWICS in March 2013. It was held in the Community Room here. The deal was I got a free place on the course in exchange for volunteering in the Café.”

“Before I was able to start volunteering here I brought my daughter to the Park one Saturday and noticed an advert for a job in the Café. I did a couple of voluntary shifts, then became a casual worker. My hours quickly increased to 30 per week and I have recently been promoted.”

“I did an Emergency First Aid at Work training course in November and am hoping to take up more training opportunities.”

“It is hard to find employment as a single Dad that allows you the flexibility to be there for your child. The ParkLife Café have been really accommodating. They allowed me to work around my daughter’s needs during the first few weeks of school and gave me time to find suitable childcare.”

John, February 2014