David Cameron writes to brave woman who battled to get a job

Dorset Echo: WORKING: Lizzie Court at Abilities with Rob Cormack, chief executive, and Gary Simpkins, company administration manager WORKING: Lizzie Court at Abilities with Rob Cormack, chief executive, and Gary Simpkins, company administration manager

DAVID Cameron has handwritten a note to a young woman with a facial deformity who battled to get a job after being turned away by 19 companies.

The Prime Minister read the Echo’s recent article on 21-year-old Lizzie Court telling of her struggle to get hired and congratulated her on getting a job at the Weymouth office of charity Abilities.

Lizzie, of Preston, Weymouth, who suffers from Goldenhar Syndrome, enclosed a copy of the article in her letter to the PM to tell him of her achievement after calling for more tolerance from people.

The former Weymouth College student, who was born without a jaw, left ear or left eye, said she had been followed around town by people wanting to get a close-up look at her face.

Lizzie’s dad David questioned why it took her so long to get a job and said the difficulties his daughter faced were ‘intolerance’ and ‘ignorance’.

Mr Cameron replied to Lizzie with a handwritten note scribbled on a typed letter with a 10 Downing Street letterhead.

He wrote: “It was wonderful to read about your story. Well done and best wishes for the future. Yours, David.”

In the typed part of the letter, it said: “Thank you for your letter and for your valued support. This comes with my very best wishes as you start your new job.”

Lizzie, who says she plans to join the Conservative party, said: “I was quite shocked. I didn’t expect to get a handwritten note as well as a letter.”

She now works full-time on reception at Waverley Road-based Abilities, which helps find jobs for long-term unemployed and disabled people. It also provides training.

Lizzie’s duties include answering the phone, paying peoples’ travel expenses and helping with queries at reception.

She said: “I love being at work. It has increased my confidence a lot.”

Chief executive Robbie Cormack said: “I don’t know how we managed without Lizzie.

“People haven’t shown intolerance of Lizzie – they’re here because they want to get a job.

“We don’t have to be protective of her in any way, she just gets on and does what she has to do.

“She got her job based on her ability and knows what people are going through who are trying desperately hard to get a job.

“For all the companies that turned her down, it’s their loss and our gain.”

For more on Abilities see abilities.org.uk

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8:39am Sat 1 Mar 14

Nomalice says...

Well done Lizzie, you are an inspiration to others who are, daily, experiencing problems finding employment. Your dogged persistence has paid dividends and I am delighted to salute your efforts
Well done Lizzie, you are an inspiration to others who are, daily, experiencing problems finding employment. Your dogged persistence has paid dividends and I am delighted to salute your efforts Nomalice
  • Score: 9

9:59am Sat 1 Mar 14

JamesYoung says...

Nomalice wrote:
Well done Lizzie, you are an inspiration to others who are, daily, experiencing problems finding employment. Your dogged persistence has paid dividends and I am delighted to salute your efforts
Hear hear. List the 19 companies so i don't make the mistake of spending my money there again.
[quote][p][bold]Nomalice[/bold] wrote: Well done Lizzie, you are an inspiration to others who are, daily, experiencing problems finding employment. Your dogged persistence has paid dividends and I am delighted to salute your efforts[/p][/quote]Hear hear. List the 19 companies so i don't make the mistake of spending my money there again. JamesYoung
  • Score: 5

12:57pm Sat 1 Mar 14

peskykat says...

I have seen this young girl there as i attend the work programme there and i
personally don't see her any different to any other young girl, i get so
tired of people judging others by the colour of their skin, their looks
or their religion etc, what that person is like inside is what counts.
I have seen this young girl there as i attend the work programme there and i personally don't see her any different to any other young girl, i get so tired of people judging others by the colour of their skin, their looks or their religion etc, what that person is like inside is what counts. peskykat
  • Score: 4

8:25pm Sat 1 Mar 14

I'mavoter says...

JamesYoung wrote:
Nomalice wrote:
Well done Lizzie, you are an inspiration to others who are, daily, experiencing problems finding employment. Your dogged persistence has paid dividends and I am delighted to salute your efforts
Hear hear. List the 19 companies so i don't make the mistake of spending my money there again.
Absolutely agree with you there James Young, let's know who those companies were, so we can avoid them, and many congratulations to Lizzie, well done, hope you enjoy your work.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nomalice[/bold] wrote: Well done Lizzie, you are an inspiration to others who are, daily, experiencing problems finding employment. Your dogged persistence has paid dividends and I am delighted to salute your efforts[/p][/quote]Hear hear. List the 19 companies so i don't make the mistake of spending my money there again.[/p][/quote]Absolutely agree with you there James Young, let's know who those companies were, so we can avoid them, and many congratulations to Lizzie, well done, hope you enjoy your work. I'mavoter
  • Score: -1

12:03am Sun 2 Mar 14

Genghis says...

I'm not sure why people want the 19 companies named and shamed. I presume it's because the article seems to be hinting that they didn't follow the proper recruitment procedures in relation to the disability act. However, there is no evidence presented to show that this was actually the case.

To get a job after submitting twenty applications however is a good strike rate. Before I got my present job, I had applied for over fifty vacancies and only got interviews for two of them. The job market is very competitive at the moment.

If those 19 companies referred to in the article based their decisions on discrimination, then yes, I hope the law comes down on them. But before the lynch mob is formed, could we at least have more details about what actually happened?
I'm not sure why people want the 19 companies named and shamed. I presume it's because the article seems to be hinting that they didn't follow the proper recruitment procedures in relation to the disability act. However, there is no evidence presented to show that this was actually the case. To get a job after submitting twenty applications however is a good strike rate. Before I got my present job, I had applied for over fifty vacancies and only got interviews for two of them. The job market is very competitive at the moment. If those 19 companies referred to in the article based their decisions on discrimination, then yes, I hope the law comes down on them. But before the lynch mob is formed, could we at least have more details about what actually happened? Genghis
  • Score: 4

6:43am Sun 2 Mar 14

bigfatlad says...

When she does join the Conservative party, perhaps she will be discussing their appalling treatment of disabled people?
When she does join the Conservative party, perhaps she will be discussing their appalling treatment of disabled people? bigfatlad
  • Score: 5

8:54am Sun 2 Mar 14

peskykat says...

bigfatlad wrote:
When she does join the Conservative party, perhaps she will be discussing their appalling treatment of disabled people?
Well said, i am one of those and my condition has worsen over the
past year because of being "blackmailed" if i don't attend the Work Programme that even people with terminal illness has to attend.
[quote][p][bold]bigfatlad[/bold] wrote: When she does join the Conservative party, perhaps she will be discussing their appalling treatment of disabled people?[/p][/quote]Well said, i am one of those and my condition has worsen over the past year because of being "blackmailed" if i don't attend the Work Programme that even people with terminal illness has to attend. peskykat
  • Score: 1

11:18am Sun 2 Mar 14

Genghis says...

I found the Work Programme very useful to me. It got me on to some training courses that I needed, and some that I didn't, but it also was an outlet where I could talk to and get advice from some independent advisers. That was useful particularly when I had been discharged from the treatment I had been receiving for mental health issues.
I found the Work Programme very useful to me. It got me on to some training courses that I needed, and some that I didn't, but it also was an outlet where I could talk to and get advice from some independent advisers. That was useful particularly when I had been discharged from the treatment I had been receiving for mental health issues. Genghis
  • Score: -1

4:15pm Sun 2 Mar 14

peskykat says...

Genghis wrote:
I found the Work Programme very useful to me. It got me on to some training courses that I needed, and some that I didn't, but it also was an outlet where I could talk to and get advice from some independent advisers. That was useful particularly when I had been discharged from the treatment I had been receiving for mental health issues.
I agree the Work Programme is a good thing for many job-seekers however i do feel that all this Atos, illness, etc business is very stressful for some people who would like to work but do have serious health issues and are sometimes "blackmailed" into having to go for jobs that are out of their comfort zone therefore get told that if you don't apply then no money to help you through that stressful time. If a job came to me that suited my needs then i would happily do it , i do feel some changes need to be changed in order to help those with health issues and those who purposely go out of their way to avoid work.
[quote][p][bold]Genghis[/bold] wrote: I found the Work Programme very useful to me. It got me on to some training courses that I needed, and some that I didn't, but it also was an outlet where I could talk to and get advice from some independent advisers. That was useful particularly when I had been discharged from the treatment I had been receiving for mental health issues.[/p][/quote]I agree the Work Programme is a good thing for many job-seekers however i do feel that all this Atos, illness, etc business is very stressful for some people who would like to work but do have serious health issues and are sometimes "blackmailed" into having to go for jobs that are out of their comfort zone therefore get told that if you don't apply then no money to help you through that stressful time. If a job came to me that suited my needs then i would happily do it , i do feel some changes need to be changed in order to help those with health issues and those who purposely go out of their way to avoid work. peskykat
  • Score: 1

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