I have had a busy week. On Monday I attended an interview at Sainsbury’s. This consisted of two parts, a DVD based assessment which was in the main very straightforward. The only part of this assessment that caused me a furrowed brow was the attention to detail section. At the opposite end of the scale was the “basic maths” section, which Elias or Evie could probably have done without undue difficulty. This was followed by a fairly informal one to one discussion which seemed to go well.
The online learning for the course I am acting as guinea pig for three my week slightly off kilter because owing to a problem on my own computer I had to book a session at Learning Works (outside my volunteer hours) to complete it. The combination of this, my other plans and the fact that I have to stow my computer away somewhere when the cleaner comes because she, understandably, does not like trailing wires meant that I concluded my weeks jobsearch only just in time to email the results to my caseworker at Seetec, which leads to…..
The latest example that I have personally received of the contempt that the mollycoddled old Etonians who comprise our government have for the unemployed. I received a letter from the DWP today reminding of the sanctions that can placed on people who are on the Work Programme if they do not meet their obligations. The implication behind this could not be clearer had they spelt it out: If you are unemployed it must be because you are slacking. Not only is unemployment overall rising, but the statistics relating to disabled people make especially grim reading (and if the Remploy closures go ahead they are about to get even more disgraceful). 51% of all disabled people in this coutry are unemployed, and for those with non-physical disabilities that rises to a jaw-dropping 75%. I makes these points not in any spirit of self pity but just to back up the fact that unemployed does not equate to lazy.
Thursday gave me an opportunity to hone my timekeeping skills. I had booked a morning session at Learning Works to finish the online learning for my current course. Knowing that for the rest of my day to work as planned I needed to be on the 1:45 bus to East Rudham (whence I would going on to Norwich for an evening meeting having attended to matters there) I set myself to have the work done by 12:00. This was achieved comfortably inspite of having to switch computers part way through. I was thus able to to visit East Rudham and then get on to Norwich by 4:30PM, which gave me time to visit the library and get some supper before the meeting.
just a couple og photos this week…