From deep depression following Covid-19 loss to healing through work

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Meet Laila, who was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, losing her husband and then sinking into depression.  However, with the support of Twining and Smart Work, she is now healing through her work as a care assistant in her community.  Read Laila’s story, as told in her own words to her Twining employment specialist Sandra…

When I met you and you told me that you are here to help me get back into work, I told you “yes”, but in my heart, I was saying “no”.

But by talking to you each week you encouraged and motivated me to go back to work; I am grateful for your support.

I have been through a lot from October 2020 to October 2021; I lost my husband in the Covid pandemic.  We both caught Covid-19 and I was in the hospital where he died.  After I was discharged from the hospital I was afraid to leave my house and went into depression for a year.  I was also afraid to socialize with people thinking I would catch Covid 19 again.

You introduced me to Smart Work, a charity organization that gave me a makeover.  They are wonderful and caring people, they made me feel relaxed and comfortable around them.  I gained back my confidence and worked hard as a care assistant in my community.

I am working four and a half months now and I couldn't be happier.  I still miss my husband, but I am taking it one day at a time.  I am healing but slowly; I enjoy my job and meeting people everyday thanks to you and Twining Enterprise.


Please note - This charitable project is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

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