I had my accident on the 3rd November 2008. I lost my eye and sustained an injury to my frontal lobe. I spent 6 weeks in Cork University Hospital and 6 weeks in the Mid- West Regional Hospital.
The Occupational Guidance Advisor called to see me and spoke to me about Headway. My main aim was to get back to work. I found it very hard to settle in Headway. After a while on the programme, Louise Carey arranged with Limerick County Council. I really enjoyed the placement. I continued to attend Headway and I completed my Level 4 Major Award in Employability Skills.
I wouldn’t have been able to stay in Headway only for the staff, who were always very nice and supportive. The keyworker support was great and I found the Brain Injury Management module very useful.
Through Headway, I obtained employment with Limerick Co. Co. This was a CE scheme, which was 19 ½ hours per week. I found this hugely beneficial as it gave me a sense of purpose and provided me with a routine. I felt the tunnel was not as long as when I first started in Headway.
During my time on the CE scheme, Limerick Co. Co. Prepared me for full time employment by providing training courses on CV preparation and interview techniques.
I applied for employment with Work Access. I found this a very positive experience. I had to attend Work Access every week as part of the get to know you phase.
From there I obtained employment with Textile Recycling Ltd. I have been employed with company for almost 3 years.