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I love my new job and everyone in the team has been really supportive and friendly.

Mohammed Moossun was visiting the Eiffel Tower when his phone rang and he was offered his dream job. After 18 months of being out-of-work, delighted Mohammed and his fiancée could now look forward to planning their future together.  

Twenty-eight-year-old Mohammed, who has cerebral palsy, had previously proposed to Claire, but their marriage plans had been put on hold when he became unemployed. Now Mohammed, who lives in Hackney, is working for Regal London, one of the capital’s leading property developers. 

After attending Jobcentre Plus, Mohammed’s advisor, Paul Almond, referred him to Central London Works, which helps residents living in central London who have been unemployed for a long time, as well as people with health conditions, into work. It is central London’s version of the government’s Work and Health Programme and is delivered by Ingeus. It is commissioned by Central London Forward and receives support from the European Social Fund. 

“I was concerned that my cerebral palsy was the reason I was still looking for work after more than a year of trying,” recalled Mohammed. “My case worker, Andy Savva, has been so supportive, encouraging me to feel positive about the skills that I could offer. I remained up-to-date by completing a customer service course and a health and safety programme. Andy kept the ‘ball rolling’ for me and helped to find possible vacancies.” 

During his 18 month job search, Mohammed sent off hundreds of applications and attended several interviews before finally being offered a role as project assistant and document controller with Regal London. 

Andy Savva explained: “When I first met Mohammed his mood was very low. I planned a lot of one-to-one work that helped him to refocus on the skills that he had. Mohammed had successfully completed a combined BA degree in Media and Communications with Special Needs as well as a Business Management and Administration Course. We worked on his CV as well as mock interview training and he gradually began to feel more positive about his abilities. 

“Central London Works helped Mohammed find the Regal London vacancy through our close links with Hackney Works that matches local people with job opportunities in the borough.” 

Based at Regal London’s site office on Hackney Road, Mohammed said: “I love my new job and everyone in the team has been really supportive and friendly. The role was initially based on the upper floor which would have posed a problem, especially using the metal stairs in wet weather. Ingeus worked closely with the company to make reasonable adjustments and I was moved to the ground floor. I have also been given a bigger second screen as reading on my laptop was difficult.  

“Claire and I can begin looking forward and saving for our wedding again.”