A previously unemployed Cornishwoman has opened a new haberdashery in her village – the first for almost 40 years.
June Wood, 52, who has lived in Callington all her life, has opened Bobbins and Buttons on New Road in the village after receiving support to get back to the workplace from employment and skills provider Working Links.
June was unemployed for a year following five years being a carer for her mother. After her mother’s passing, June found it hard to get back on the payroll and was referred by Jobcentre Plus to Working Links, which delivered the Work Programme in the south west.
There, she was partnered with personal consultant Chris Ball who supported her to get back on her feet and enrolled June on self-employment courses.
June said: “I’ve worked in a lot of different jobs but I’d always wanted to open a haberdashery but never thought it’d actually happen. I’ve been interested in making things all my life so this is perfect. There hasn’t been a shop like this – one dedicated to haberdashery – for almost 40 years when my great aunt used to run one.
“Working Links have been great, especially Chris. She’s been on hand to sort everything out for me. She’s been brilliant.”
Chris said: “It has been a pleasure working with June. Initially June was a little shy about saying exactly which direction she would like to follow and was unsure about her own ability to become self-employed as she did not know where to start with funding, information or training. But June embraced all opportunities offered by us and attend self-employment classes in Cornwall. June is an inspiration to others who have been out of the workplace for several years.”
Bobbins and Buttons is now open on 8 New Road, Callington. For more information, call 01579 389 577.
To find out more about Working Links, call 0800 917 9262 or contact us.
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