Emily’s chance to shine

Emily Cheshire (second left), with Capt Jonathan Hamilton, Jade Draper and Alan Roper
Emily Cheshire (second left), with Capt Jonathan Hamilton, Jade Draper and Alan Roper
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A ST Helens woman has landed her dream job after volunteering with a community organisation.

Emily Cheshire struggled to find work after graduating from university.

But after volunteering with the Salvation Army’s community cafe she has now secured a permanent position as a fundraiser at a hospice in Guildford.

“I applied for many jobs after leaving John Moore’s University last year - full-time, part-time, in offices, receptions and charities - without any success,” said 22-year-old Emily, who is from Haydock.

“I was often told I didn’t have enough experience, so I volunteered in a school, hostel and a hospice but I didn’t seem to be getting anywhere.

“I felt especially low when I didn’t get a job at the hospice where I was volunteering. Working at The Salvation Army has made all the difference. I don’t think I could have got my new job without it and I’m grateful.”

The former St Augustine’s RC High pupil used her time at the cafe to develop her work skills and undertake a number of vocational courses.

“I have really enjoyed my time here; I was made to feel welcome and part of a family unit straight away,” she added.

“It is so nice to work in that kind of friendly environment. I also think the courses have made me a better job candidate and made me realise that working in communities is what I really want to do.”

Alan Roper, community co-ordinator at Bootle Salvation Army, added: “We are so happy for Emily. I’m not surprised she got a permanent job so quickly.

“She’s a hard worker and a people person who fitted into the team very well. She will leave a hole here and we will miss her but wish her all the best.”