Catherine, 22, is from Glasgow and had never worked before joining Street League Dance Fit. Catherine found out about Street League Dance Fit through our partner Enable, who work with people who have learning difficulties. Catherine was interested in joining our Academy because first and foremost she wanted support to find a job, but as a keen dancer she was also attracted to the dance fitness element.

Our Progressions Coordinator, Alisdair, worked with Catherine to create an action plan upon joining. Catherine’s primary goals were to secure a job and to be able to start a conversation with someone. Catherine has an Auditory Processing Disorder, which means that it takes her longer to process what has been said and to respond. This meant that Catherine felt apprehensive about starting a conversation.

Street League supported Catherine by building her confidence through Gayle’s energetic dance fitness sessions, as well as assigning Catherine a leading role in the community event. All of our participants are involved in the organisation and delivery of their own community event, which on this particular academy was a ‘Ceilidh Bingo’ event for older people.  The event saw Catherine go from feeling unable to begin a conversation, to taking the role of’ Bingo Caller’, which she did a fantastic job of!

Interviews were the area which Catherine said she found most daunting, however between Alisdair’s interview skills workshops plus a mock interview with Barclays, Catherine became more confident about tackling interview questions. Alisdair supported Catherine to apply for an Administrator role with Twechar Healthy Living Centre and also liaised with the employer regarding the reasonable adjustments Catherine required at interview. Following a successful interview, Catherine was the first of her academy group to secure a job! She is working away and loving it.

Catherine on Street League: "Thank you to Street League Dance Fit for all of the support. Alisdair and Gayle really helped me with my interview skills and job applications. I now feel more able to start a conversation and I have a brilliant job too. I would recommend Street League Dance Fit to anyone – it’s a fun way to find work!"