I asked Lorraine, Emily's mum about her journey from school to work. Here's what she said.
"When we visited the cafe for the first time with Emily, everyone was friendly, supportive and so welcoming. Emily was overcome by it and quite emotional. At the time Emily was struggling in main-stream education and could not believe that an organisation like Rumbletums existed. In 2015 she completed a week's work experience at Rumbletums whilst still at school.
She enjoyed her work experience and on leaving school in 2016 decided to go back to Rumbletums, as a trainee working in the cafe whilst also attending college courses in work skills and catering. This helped her to gain skills in both the kitchen and front of house whilst also learning about food safety and hygiene etc.
In 2021 Emily was successful in gaining a one year supported internship with Nottingham College and Project Search at Nottingham City Hospital. She worked with the Catering Team as a Facilities Assistant serving food to patients on the wards. Having completed her internship successfully was offered a permanent job with the NHS.
Emily will be working at the City Hospital as part of the catering team. She will be providing drinks and serving food to patients on the wards whilst following health and safety and food hygiene regulations. Collecting pots up after meals, loading the dishwasher and generally ensuring that the ward kitchen is clean and tidy.
Emily said that without the skills she has gained at Rumbletums and the support from everyone involved she would not have been able to complete the supported internship and would not have been offered a permanent job with the NHS. She enjoyed her time at Rumbletums and will be sad to leave but is also looking forward to a new challenge.
Emily said that whilst at Rumbletums’s she has always felt safe and supported."
Many thanks to Lorraine and Emily for their story. We know that wherever Emily goes she will bring a smile to everyone around her.