A WOMAN who was made homeless after losing her job three years ago is back on her feet and winning awards.
Kerry Jedynowicz was one of the people who looked after racing and retired greyhounds in Portsmouth, but when the Greyhound Stadium at Tipner closed its doors in 2010 she found herself out of a job and on the street.
She said: ‘I have suffered from depression and anxiety for many years so to be in this situation had a huge negative impact on my life.
‘After sorting accommodation with the council it was time to focus on getting back on my feet.
‘This has been a long and very slow process.’
Earlier this year Kerry was placed on the Job Centre’s Work Programme and was offered courses provided by Gosport’s Lynbyrd Express, run by Linda Roshier.
She has done so well she was awarded first place in the Lynbyrd Express Achievement Awards for personal progression.
Kerry said: ‘I first completed a course on Confidence Building and Assertiveness and was very impressed by the support given by Lyn and the team.
‘It was nice to be put at ease, as attending the course had been a huge step for me to take.
‘I jumped at the chance to do a course on New Business Start Up, which I thoroughly enjoyed and learnt a great deal. The most recent course I attended was Office Etiquette and Business Administration.
‘My confidence is now returning and I am starting to believe in myself again. I am very proud of what I have accomplished over the recent months. The experience has been wonderful and I have met some lovely people.
‘My long-term goal is to have my own greyhound kennels. I know I need more business experience and I am looking to do an NVQ in IT and Business Admin.
‘Whatever path I take I am confident I can be very successful businesswoman.’
Ms Roshier paid tribute to Kerry, saying: ‘I am so proud of all she has achievement and the very small part we have been able to play. She, and all our entries, are the reason we do what we do.
‘They’re an inspiration.’