When my children first began school, I decided this was the field I want to work in. I want to ensure my children and others succeed academically and have a brilliant education that can provide them with the life they deserve.
Since December 2012, my family and I have been living in temporary accommodation. It’s an experience that has forced me to be stronger and much more resilient. Before we were homeless, I had my own private rented flat but whilst I was on maternity leave, my income was so low that I couldn’t keep up with the rent payments. I was taken to court and evicted. We were placed in emergency accommodation by the council, in a 1-room hostel. I had two children at the time and was pregnant with my third. After seven weeks, thankfully we were moved into a flat. We still live in temporary accommodation today. I just want to be financially independent so I can afford my own rent and return to my home borough.
For the last year, I have been volunteering at my children’s school, helping with reading sessions, going on the school trips, attending swimming lessons and cookery classes. It's very rewarding. At the start of the year, some of the children were really struggling with their reading, but by the end of the year, they are reading fluently. I wouldn't say I do anything big! It's the small things that encourage them and make them happy. I give them time, I encourage them and everyone always love a gold star sticker!
I’ve been dedicated to a career as a teaching assistant for years. I simply just need the extra support and opportunity to secure paid work. With a stable job will come a stable income, that means I can support my family and afford my rent. I’d love to be a teacher in the long-term but I have to start somewhere - and this is it!