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Lucybeth starts the journey to her dream role with support from IPES

Lucybeth reached out to the Individual Personalised Employment Support (IPES) programme for support and she hasn't looked back since.

Why did Lucybeth join the IPES programme?

Lucybeth had been out of work for the last four years as she struggled to find a suitable job that met her disability needs. Lucybeth is deaf and relies on lip reading and her hearing dog to help her day to day. She is a very articulate and confident young woman who volunteers and gives informational talks in the local area about hearing dogs.

The skills she had gained from these past experiences were more than enough to help her get a job, however she struggled to secure a role that offered her the support she would need to carry out the job requirements.

How IPES helped Lucybeth

Lucybeth mainly worked with our Inclusion Specialist, Summar, who offered personalised care for Lucybeth. Summar completed a vocational assessment with Lucybeth which looked at pinpointing what her support needs were and exploring the jobs most suitable for her. With right level of support from Summar, Lucybeth was able to complete job applications for roles that were more suited to her needs.

Lucybeth secured an interview for a job working with students who have disabilities -helping them get into employment. The first stage of the interview was a presentation, Lucybeth felt confident enough to complete this stage herself. However, she wanted support for the second part of the interview where Summar was more than happy to support her and offered to go with LucyBeth to the interview.

Unfortunately, she was not offered a second interview, and this knocked her confidence. Summar met with her to offer reassurance and explore other work opportunities that may work well for her. Lucybeth expressed her ideal career would be working in the Police as she had a Criminology degree.

What’s next?

Summar was able to speak with the local Police while attending a Job Fair and she explained Lucybeth’s situation and desire to work with them. They told Summar about a new Diversity and Inclusion team that they are recruiting for. Summar is now working towards preparing Lucybeth for this programme to help her start her career.

Lucybeth has expressed her feeling towards IPES, she said: ‘’I’m very pleased with my help so far, Summar is very eager to help me look for work and to break down barriers which is very refreshing to see. I am very grateful for the help.’’

IPES offers support for people with disabilities living in the south of England. Our team of health and employability experts are available to help you get back into suitable employment. Get in touch Freephone 0800 917 9262 or register your details at or email us at


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