As part of Make May Purple 2015, our corporate partner Gemini Search ran a four week work placement in conjunction with the Stroke Association’s Back to Work Project to help a young stroke survivor rebuild their confidence and gain valuable skills to get back to work.

“This was a fantastic experience. At first I was completely nervous as I had never worked in an office before and it was really stepping out of my comfort zone, but with the support of the Back to Work project I felt it would be a great opportunity. Gemini were so welcoming. The opportunity to learn in such a supportive environment gave me so much confidence."
Rachel Lederman, 25, who had strokes in 2010 and 2015

Rachel is now applying for part-time admin posts and is starting a foundation course in Play Therapy in October.  She has since shared her experiences as a guest speaker at a Back to Work workshop inspiring others and talking about how she overcame barriers.

One in four strokes in the UK happen in people of working age. But with the right support and guidance many people can successfully return to work after a stroke. Work can be vital to boost confidence and self-esteem and regain a sense of normality following a stroke.
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